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Harringtons, Murphys Stress Importance of Community Action

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

December 7, 2013

Activists braved the cold in Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon with the goal of saving the next girl.

The families of murdered Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington and missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy both attended the Help Save the Next Girl event. The organization aims to raise awareness of missing persons cases and calls for the community to look out for each other.

Harrington was murdered after disappearing from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in October 2009. Alexis Murphy was last seen Aug. 3 and remains missing.

Organizers say the need for this rally has increased following the discovery of the body of Jamisha Gilbert, an 18-year-old Lynchburg woman who was found last week. Her death is still being investigated.

The Harringtons say they want to make people stand up and see what can be done to change behaviors and change laws that they say allow these crimes to happen.

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