May 8, 2014
Since Alexis Murphy’s disappearance last year, the Murphy family found an ally in Gil Harrington, whose own daughter was murdered four years ago.
Harrington reached out to Murphy's shortly after Alexis on August 3rd. Since then the two families have worked together to try to raise awareness about Alexis's case and other teens who's cases have gone unsolved.
Gil Harrington says she hopes today will bring peace for the family.
"We try and hold the suffering together and hope the strength in numbers makes the pain less," said Harrington.
Harrington's daughter, Morgan, was murdered in 2009. Her killer has never been caught. Harrington attended every day of Randy Allen Taylor's trial, wearing pink to show solidarity with Alexis' family.
"Our family is four and a half years our from our daughter's murder. This family is less than an year out. I can hardly remember where we at at that point in time," Harrington said.
Out of the grief of losing her daughter, Harrington started 'Help Save the Next Girl', which raises awareness about sexual violence against young women. She hopes her organization can help the Murphy family going forward.
“For me the engine through recovery through such tragedy is through service. It helps me as well to share our strength with the family,” said Harrington.
According to Help Save the Next Girl, Alexis is one of 15 teenagers whose case has gone unsolved in the last 5 years
"I personally think some of t is the work of a serial killer," Harrington said. "If not there is a crime spree like crazy in this area. Either way it needs to be addressed."
Harrington says she will continue to lobby for legislation, raise awareness and help families cope when their daughters, sisters, and friends are taken from them.