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
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
“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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