January 26, 2014
It has been four years since the discovery of Morgan Harrington’s body on an Albemarle County farm, six miles away from where she was last seen alive. Her family is still trying to bring her justice since the suspect in her murder is still out there.
On Sunday Dan and Gil Harrington stood on Copley Road in Charlottesville near a memorial for their daughter.
“Four years is too long,” says Gil Harrington, after tying yet another ribbon, marking the fourth year that has gone past without answers in their daughter’s death. “I see the stripes that those ribbons make as lashes.”
This year the Harringtons did not stand alone. They were joined by the family of Alexis Murphy and the grandmother of Dashad “Sage” Smith.
“I am so sorry that we have to come together under these circumstances,” Says Lolita Smith, grandmother of Dashad. “It is very sad that we can’t get the answers that we need.”
“All of these issues need to be resolved we all need closure,” says Trina Murphy, great-aunt of Alexis. “Dashad's family needs closure, this is real and we need to bring this to an end.
Dashad went missing over a year ago and Alexis hasn’t been seen since the beginning of August. Together all three families are seeking answers.
Morgan Harrington went missing in October of 2009 after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. Her body was found three months later on January 26th, 2010 at The Anchorage Farm in Albemarle County.
“We all need answers and we are asking the communities to give information,” says Gil Harrington. “We are asking the people who have suspicious, the people who shelter these criminals to do the right thing.”
“It's time now, step forth in your compassion and help us find closure.”
They hope to bring justice to Morgan and to the countless others who have gone missing in the past four years.
They are also pushing for new bills in the general assembly that could improve a child's chances for protection, as well as promote safety. Those bills are up for a review on Monday.