RICHMOND (WRIC) - Morgan Harrington's parents were at the State Capitol Tuesday urging lawmakers to make changes to help save the next girl from being abducted or murdered.
The disappearance of Alexis Murphy and the abduction and murder of Morgan Harrington have gained national attention and now both families are hoping their stories motivate lawmakers to make changes to help prevent future tragedies.
"Four years out it still hurts," Gil Harrington says. "We have times that we fall into the vortex of tears. There is no anguish comparable to having your child murdered and abducted."
Changes they hope to make include a "child safety test" as part of physical education to teach kids how to recognize dangerous situations with sexual predators and how to get out of those situations. Another proposal would require law enforcement, prosecutors and social services to meet regularly to increase communication and identify potential predators.
"What we find is that these regular meetings will ensure that these different groups work together and that nothing falls between the cracks," says Del. Rob Bell.
The group is also hoping to create more cooperation between local, state and national departments and increase response efforts when someone goes missing saying response times now are just too slow, and when it comes down to it, every second counts.
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