October 4, 2013
There's another national spotlight on the Alexis Murphy case, as a national missing persons' group made a stop in Nelson County on Friday afternoon.
"I know she wants to be home," Alexis' mother, Laura Murphy, said. "She definitely wants to be home."
Alexis was last seen on Aug. 3 at a gas station in Lovingston, just around the corner from where the CUE Center for Missing Persons organized an awareness event at the Lovingston café.
"We will stand together," said Trina Murphy, Alexis' aunt. "We are not giving up. We will never give up."
The CUE Center has launched the "On the Road to Remember" tour to highlight missing persons cases.
"It is a team effort to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else," said Angela Taylor, Alexis' aunt.
The CUE Center helped in the search for Morgan Harrington when she disappeared during a Charlottesville concert in October 2010. Her body was found three months later, and her killer remains at large.
"When I see their faces, I recognize that wooden, shallow look," said Gil Harrington, Morgan's mother.
Morgan Harrington's parents have been a constant support system for the Murphy family -- a group brought together by unimaginable circumstances.
"We didn't choose any of this, but I think you do have a choice in how you respond," Gil Harrington said. "Young women are not expendable goods. We need to do something to keep them safer."
The Nelson County High School volleyball team also showed up for support at the rally. Alexis, a senior at the high school, was set to be a team captain.
"We're doing our best to keep hope and stay strong for her because we know she'd do the same for us," said Savanna McGarry, one of Alexis' teammates.
The families say the disappearances are part of a larger, national issue, and it's one they're committed to tackling.
"This goes beyond Alexis. This goes beyond Morgan," Trina Murphy said. "We're going to bring Alexis home. We're going to find Morgan's killer, and then we're going to move on to the next case."
The family says they're in touch with authorities often. They say new leads come in every day, and the search is just as strong as it was right after Alexis' disappearance.
"We're not going away," Trina Murphy said. "We are not going away."
One man, Randy Taylor, has been arrested and charged with Alexis' abduction. He's due in court to set a trial date later this month.