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Families of Missing Virginia Children Unite in Hope, Grief

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC)—Four years ago Sunday, Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington was found dead on a Charlottesville farm. On Jan. 26, 2014, her family marked the somber anniversary by trying to console other families that are going through the same pain.

Harrington was a promising young woman just starting out in life, but then it all came to a tragic end.

"She was thrown like a slab of meat, discarded," said Gil Harrington, Morgan's mother. "She'd been abducted from this bridge, murdered."

Unfortunately, the Harringtons are not alone in their grief.

"There are other family members here today with other missing people who don't have answers either," said Dan Harrington, Morgan's father.

In August of last year, 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Nelson County disappeared and has yet to be found.

"We are polar opposites; we have a suspect in custody, but we still don't have Alexis," said a member of Murphy's family. "And they have Morgan, but no suspects. So, all of these issues need to be resolved; we all need closure. Dashad's family needs closure."

In 2012, transgender teen Dashad "Sage" Smith vanished from Charlottesville, and police are still looking for clues in the case.

"I know my grandchild is out there somewhere, and somebody knows something," said Smith's grandmother. "But won't nobody come forth and give us any closure. Anything is better than nothing."

On Sunday, all three families stood united, hoping for answers from police and the public, praying no one else has to experience the pain and grief they're enduring.

"It's been four years for us, and those four years are like lashes to me," Gil Harrington said. "Not just because of the pain that we have undergone, but knowing the person who killed our daughter is still walking free."

Anyone with information pertaining to any of these three cases is asked to call Charlottesville Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

Dan and Gil Harrington have founded Help Save the Next Girl, a national nonprofit organization that aims to "sensitize young women and girls to predatory danger," in their daughter's honor.


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