January 17, 2013
A high school team and fans wore pink tonight in honor of missing teen Alexis Murphy.
Pink was Alexis' favorite color, and has come to symbolize the search for her.
Alexis played on the high school basketball team, and her teammates and fans wore pink at their Friday night basketball game at Nelson County High School's gym. The team had shirts made that read "Keep Calm and Pray for Alexis."
"My goal for this was to just show our support and let them know that they're not alone and that we're here for them, that we love them, and that we're gonna keep hope alive," said Aja Vest-Turner, the team captain and Alexis' cousin.
The team turned out the lights and lit up the court with pink Christmas lights. They also recognized and presented Alexis' family members with gifts, all to honor their teammate and classmate.
"Tonight. Tonight. We play. We play. For Alexis. For Alexis," her teammates chanted before the game."1, 2, 3, Nelson!"
"She's my cousin and she's my best friend so I wanted to this for her," said Vest-Turner.
Alexis would be a senior at Nelson County High School. Alexis was last seen in Lovingston in August.
Randy Taylor has been charged with her abduction and murder.