May 17, 2014
High school graduation is supposed to be a time for celebration, but for the Murphy family it is yet another reminder that 17-year-old Alexis Murphy is still missing.
“Alexis, she should've been here to receive her diploma,” says Angela Taylor, aunt of Alexis.
On Saturday morning she would've been graduating with 140 of her fellow classmates from Nelson County High School and walking across the stage to receive her diploma.
Instead her family accepted it as it was presented by the high school's principal and the superintendent of nelson county schools.
“We knew that this day was coming and we are happy to know that the school wanted to present something and that the community is still behind our family 100 percent,” says Taylor.
Many graduates also showed support by wearing ribbons in Alexis' favorite color, pink and also decorating their caps with her name. They showed that they are and will remain “Nelson strong.”
There are still signs all around Nelson County as reminders that Alexis went missing back in August of last year. Her family says they are going to continue to celebrate her life and make a difference for others.
“We are in the works now of starting a scholarship program in honor of Alexis that will be awarded to a Nelson County High School graduate so we will be working to get that off the ground and hope to be able to present that as a scholarship next year,” says Taylor.
But for now the Murphy family plans to celebrate.
“I'm sure we will have family come over to the house and cook out and do what Alexis would've wanted to do,” laughs Taylor. “Like, go out to other graduation parties for her fellow classmates and just celebrate.”
Taylor says this is also the start of their healing process; ending one chapter in life and beginning a new one.
The Murphy family also plans to help with other cases of abduction with the help save the next girl campaign. Alexis was last seen on august third of last year.