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« Reply #1240 on: January 29, 2010, 10:59:07 AM »

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/35141340/ns/today-today_people/
Who killed Va. student Morgan Harrington?
She vanished outside concert last October: ‘There’s a perpetrator out there’
By Mike Celizic
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updated 1 hour, 39 minutes ago

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Someone abducted and murdered her 20-year-old daughter, police believe, but Gil Harrington doesn’t really care about punishing the perpetrator. She just wants a killer taken off the streets before he can cause another parent the pain she has felt.

“I am concerned and determined that he be caught for safety reasons, because this was not the first bad thing that this man did. Abduction and murder is not your entry level into a life of crime,” Harrington told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira Friday via satellite from her home in Roanoke, Va. “He’s done bad things before. He’s upped his game, and he’s likely to do something bad again unless we catch him.”
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« Reply #1241 on: January 29, 2010, 01:06:22 PM »

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1876495

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller tells WTOP they don't know how long it will take for the medical examiner's report.

Police received about 600 tips since the investigation began in October. Police offered at least $150,000 in rewards, with Metallica contributing $50,000 to the fund.

Since the discovery of her remains, police have received many more tips and are following up on possible leads, Geller says.

There will be a candlelight vigil in memory of Morgan on Friday at 7 p.m. outside the Harrington's home in Roanoke. "Please light a candle and join us in spirit and in thought, embracing the light and love of Morgan Harrington," a message on the family's Web site, http://findmorgan.com/, says.

WTOP's Michelle Basch contributed to this story.

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« Reply #1242 on: January 29, 2010, 02:08:19 PM »

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RICHMOND - The parents of Morgan Harrington say the discovery of her remains has resulted in a number of credible tips to investigators seeking answers to the Virginia Tech student's disappearance and death.

Gil (jihl) and Dan Harrington also said Friday "a wealth of physical evidence" has been collected in the remote hayfield 10 miles southwest of Charlottesville where their daughter's skeletal remains were found Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police confirmed investigators have "received numerous tips" since the remains were discovered. Corinne Geller said she could not comment on evidence.
Twenty-year-old Morgan Harrington had been the focus of an intense search since she became separated from friends Oct. 17 while attending a Metallica concert at an arena at the University of Virginia.
A coroner has not determined the cause of her death.
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« Reply #1243 on: January 29, 2010, 03:04:11 PM »

Gil and Dan Harrington also said "a wealth of physical evidence" has been collected in the remote hayfield 10 miles southwest of Charlottesville where a farmer found their daughter's bones Tuesday. "I think people are starting to come out of the woodwork and people who are in jail are trying to broker information for privileges or time or advantages for them," Gil Harrington said.


Their public activism, they said, is counter to their private nature. Their advocacy, they said, is intended to keep interest in the case alive, and to honor their daughter. "We want to be able to show how you get through tragedy, and how you can be public about that and maybe help people," Dan Harrington said. "Secondly, Morgan had a short life of 20 years. She should not be forgotten."

In keeping with that wish, they are establishing a scholarship fund in her memory at the new Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute in Roanoke, which accepts its first class this year, and with Omni Orphan Medical Network International, which provides medical care in Africa and elsewhere.

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« Reply #1244 on: January 29, 2010, 03:07:25 PM »

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Friends, supporters plan candlelight vigils for Morgan Harrington tonight in Roanoke and Charlottesville

Friends and supporters of Morgan Harrington and her family have organized two candlelight vigils tonight to remember the Virginia Tech student.

According to the Web site maintained by her parents and family friends, findmorgan.com, and Facebook postings, the vigils are planned to begin at 7 p.m. -- one outside of Dan and Gil Harrington's home in Roanoke County and the other at the Copeley Road Bridge in Charlottesville.

Harrington, 20, vanished during an Oct. 17, 2009, Metallica concert in Charlottesville. Her skeletal remains were found Tuesday on an Albemarle County farm 10 miles south of Charlottesville.

Police are now searching for her killer. No arrests have been made in the case.

Gil Harrington, Morgan's mother, said the family had nothing to do with organizing tonight's vigil outside the family's home, but said she appreciates it and sees it as a way of "channeling" all the public concern that has been generated in the past three months through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Harrington said the family is wrestling with how to "harness" the public energy and put it to good use as investigators look for her daughter's killer.

"This is all new territory for us," she said. "Having been nothing but private people heretofore, all of this is a foreign life. But you don't want the person who killed her also to have erased her -- we still want her to be remembered and her life to be remembered. So I think you have to use it [the public involvement] to do something good, to make something good, because that will give lasting memory to Morgan's life."

Harrington's family and friends used social networking to rally and organize supporters in the days and weeks after she disappeared. Facebook, especially, became a touchpoint for people seeking ways to aid in the search, exchange information and form a community around their collective goal of finding Morgan. The most popular Facebook group dedicated to the search, "Help Find Morgan Dana Harrington," logged 33,899 members as of this morning. Nine "groups" and three "fan pages" have been created by Facebook members since October -- all with the goal of discussing Harrington's case.

Since the news of Morgan's remains was announced this week, the Facebook fan pages and groups shifted their focus from searching for Morgan and buoying hopes to sharing stories, condolences and theories -- and planning ways to remember the person they'd dedicated months of conversation and effort to finding. Tonight's vigils in Charlottesville and Roanoke have been recurring topics of discussion on the "Help Find Morgan Dana Harrington" group page's wall.

Meanwhile, Gil Harrington and her husband, Dan, appeared on NBC's "The Today Show" this morning, where they spoke about the person who they believe abducted their daughter. [Watch video of their live interview]

"I am concerned and determined that he be caught for safety reasons, because this was not the first bad thing that this man did," Gil Harrington said in the satellite interview. "Abduction and murder is not your entry level into a life of crime."
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« Reply #1245 on: January 29, 2010, 03:09:06 PM »

Chris Tomlin ' I Will Rise'    an angelic monkey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf7t3P9ISrE
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« Reply #1246 on: January 29, 2010, 03:14:45 PM »

http://www.wdbj7.com/Global/story.asp?S=11902875

Morgan Harrington leads pour in

State Police say the $150,000 reward being offered for information about Morgan Harrington has not been awarded to anyone at this time.

According to a State Police spokesperson, the Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers is evaluating the situation as the investigation into Morgan's death continues.

Police are actively pursuing the new information, evidence, and leads that have become available since the discovery and confirmation of Morgan's remains.

Her parents, Gil and Dan Harrington, say physical evidence has been collected in the remote hayfield ten miles southwest of Charlottesville where their daughter's skeletal remains were found Tuesday.

Twenty-year-old Morgan Harrington had been the focus of an intense search since she became separated from friends Oct. 17 while attending a Metallica concert at an arena at the University of Virginia.

 A coroner has not determined the cause of her death.
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« Reply #1247 on: January 29, 2010, 03:18:49 PM »

Chris Tomlin ' I Will Rise'    an angelic monkey
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Beautiful, Trimm.
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« Reply #1248 on: January 29, 2010, 03:49:44 PM »

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Two candlelight vigils are planned for today in honor of Morgan Harrington, the missing Virginia Tech student whose remains were uncovered near Charlottesville Tuesday.

The two vigils, both set to begin at 7 p.m., will take place at the home of Morgan’s parents Dan and Gil in Roanoke County, while the other will take place at the Copeley Road Bridge in Charlottesville, where Morgan was last seen alive.

The 20-year-old junior education major went missing Oct. 17, 2009 while attending a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena. Spotted in several locations around the arena and neighboring U-Hall, Harrington was last seen walking the bridge, located less than a half a mile away from the arena.

Harrington’s remains were found Tuesday at Anchorage Farm, located in southern Albemarle County down US-29.

Harrington’s parents Dan and Gil made an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show”, where they repeated their hopes to find the culprit in their daughter’s disappearance.

“To me it’s frightening in that the community needs to be aware that there’s a perpetrator out who that needs to be caught,” said Dan Harrington, Morgan’s father. “This may not happen tomorrow, but a murder did occur. Our daughter was taken, and a murder has occurred. You can’t ignore that.”

Morgan’s mother Gil reflected on her comments Wednesday, where she stated her daughter had “lovely bones.”
I have reviewed images of my daughter from her… prenatal ultrasounds to looking at her empty eye sockets of her cranium. Yes I have seen…lovely bones.” Harrington said. Both noted that the discovery of their daughter’s body brought them some closure in her disappearance.

“This is not the end that we wanted, but closure is very important,” Dan Harrington said.

Those with information on the case are asked to call Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467.
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Vigils planned for Harrington

Two candlelight vigils are planned for today in honor of Morgan Harrington, the missing Virginia Tech student whose remains were uncovered near Charlottesville Tuesday.

The two vigils, both set to begin at 7 p.m., will take place at the home of Morgan’s parents Dan and Gil in Roanoke County, while the other will take place at the Copeley Road Bridge in Charlottesville, where Morgan was last seen alive.

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« Reply #1250 on: January 29, 2010, 04:20:50 PM »

Sorry Trimm.  I just now noticed I re-posted your post. 
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« Reply #1251 on: January 29, 2010, 06:16:12 PM »

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in memory of my friend morgan.


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« Reply #1252 on: January 29, 2010, 06:23:48 PM »

Thanks Cece.   an angelic monkey
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« Reply #1253 on: January 29, 2010, 06:57:09 PM »

http://www.mtairynews.com/view/full_story/5704672/article-Lessons-can-be-learned-from-Morgan-Harrington-case?instance=secondary_opinion_left_column
Lessons can be learned from Morgan Harrington case
by Tom Joyce
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Attractive blond girl from Virginia Tech. Metallica concert. Alcohol consumption. Hitchhiking late at night. Abducted. Missing more than three months. Body found in remote field.

Though that scenario unfolded in Charlottesville, Va., near the area where “The Waltons” television show was based on, the story of Morgan Harrington did not end happily with this week’s discovery of her remains.

Now the heartbroken parents of the 20-year-old Roanoke County woman are left to contemplate how their child ended up as she did after what was meant to be an innocent, enjoyable evening.
Witnesses say the Virginia Tech student had been drinking and left the building where Metallica was playing for some reason, then wasn’t allowed back inside because of policies there. Harrington assured friends she would try to find another way home, which led to thumbing a ride on a Charlottesville bridge.

The fact Morgan Harrington disappeared after attending a Metallica concert can’t be blamed on the rock band known for its intense performances, which might be the first impulse among those prone to criticize music and other artistic expressions for the world’s troubles.

Yet millions of people have experienced Metallica concerts through the years without incident. The band also lent its support to efforts to locate the missing woman, including putting up $50,000 in reward money for information surrounding her disappearance.

People also have consumed alcohol in a responsible manner and, yes, even thumbed rides, and not wound up suffering harm. (Hitchhiking is an especially common occurrence in a college town such as Charlottesville)

Yet in the mix of those events of the last night Morgan Harrington was seen alive was something that led to her death. A bad decision here, an error in judgment there, a case of ill timing, was all it took to result in a tragedy that has left family members, as well as investigators, looking for answers.

Most parents will tell you that it’s difficult to teach their children about the hazards of the Real World, particularly since teens and young adults often think they’re invincible. Something that can be just as dangerous as this false sense of security is the urge to always be part of the “party scene.”
Unfortunately, the same night life that lures in people seeking the thrills of wild bars and wilder parties also attracts another element that preys on the innocent and unwary. Sexual predators, narcotics dealers and those seeking to capitalize in other ways also infiltrate the party scene. And you can’t escape the fact that nightspots in general don’t exist for the betterment of mankind, but to make money, pure and simple.

The Morgan Harrington case is reminiscent of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005 during her high school graduation trip to Aruba. Holloway was last seen by classmates outside a nightclub where she had been socializing with several young men who were locals. The 18-year-old woman presumably was murdered, although her body wasn’t found and no one has been prosecuted in the case.

Natalee Holloway was a beautiful young lady with blond hair, similar to Morgan Harrington. It’s always interesting how missing people fitting that particular profile seem to draw the most attention even though many other folks disappear under mysterious circumstances with little or no fanfare. That’s a different column for another day.

But hopefully, the fact these high-profile cases do receive such attention — while generating hefty television ratings — eventually will bring some good as far of warning young people about what can happen to them if they don’t exercise care.

Seeing a photo of a beautiful, smiling girl who’ll never be that way again due to a senseless act, coupled with news footage showing a makeshift grave in a field, sadly might carry more weight than any parental warning could.
Tom Joyce is a staff reporter for The Mount Airy News. He can be reached at tjoyce@mtairynews.com or 719-1924.
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« Reply #1254 on: January 29, 2010, 07:03:58 PM »

There is no proof of her thumbing a ride.
It is all hersay..possible false sighting or report.
I have always agreed that the items found was the spot she was taken from.
Taken is the key word.

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« Reply #1255 on: January 29, 2010, 07:05:40 PM »

and one more thing..
This case is NOTHING like Natalee Holloway.

Very ignorant reporter/ story writer.
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« Reply #1256 on: January 29, 2010, 07:17:29 PM »

and one more thing..
This case is NOTHING like Natalee Holloway.

Very ignorant reporter/ story writer.

Edward,I agree.
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« Reply #1257 on: January 29, 2010, 08:48:05 PM »

http://www.c-ville.com/index.php?cat=1991704080566501&act=post&pid=12032901101847453
This Just In
by C-VILLE Writer

UPDATE: Morgan Harrington's Pantera shirt found near 15th Street?
by Brendan Fitzgerald, January 29th 06:41pm

Several residents of 15th Street claim to have been interviewed by investigators who canvassed the area in connection to the death of Morgan Harrington. The residents, who wished to remain anonymous, told C-VILLE that investigators mentioned finding a shirt that could possibly belong to Morgan Harrington, who was wearing a black Pantera t-shirt when she disappeared the night of October 17. The street is between 1 and 1.5 miles from the Copeley Road Bridge, where Harington was reportedly last spotted.

"About 11:30am, I got a knock on my back door. I opened it up and it’s a guy who flashes a badge and says he’s a detective," said one resident. "He just told me that they were canvassing my building, because they had found what they thought was Morgan Harrington’s shirt somewhere in the bushes in front of the building." The resident said the investigator asked whether the resident remembered anything suspicious from the night Harrington disappeared, or since, and recommended that the resident call CrimeStoppers if anything occurred. The investigator was not in uniform and did not leave a business card, but reportedly flashed a badge.

A second resident told C-VILLE that, on Wednesday, "I came outside from my apartment. I was going to my car, and there was a woman who was kind of digging in the bush, and there were two guys walking around the apartment across the street. I heard the one guy [say] they hadn’t found anything, so the one guy was like 'Well, we found her shirt over here.'"

The second resident added: "There wasn’t any UVA police car around. They looked like they were wearing detective clothes. It’s really speculative, but, whatever."
A third resident reported being asked about suspicious events since Harrington disappeared, by an investigator who also mentioned finding a shirt that might be Harrington's.

Asked whether there was a law enforcement presence on 15th Street, Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller said that she didn't know. "We've gotten a lot of tips and a lot of different leads related to the case. They may've been just following up on a tip almost in a process of elimination versus it being some critical aspect of an investigation."

Read C-VILLE's coverage of the Morgan Harrington case here, and pick up Tuesday's issue of C-VILLE for an up-to-date account.
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« Reply #1258 on: January 30, 2010, 07:45:29 AM »

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Candlelight vigil offers support to Harrington family
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by Zach Crizer, Liana Bayne, news staff
ROANOKE ― Neighbors, family and newfound friends filled a Roanoke street corner with candlelight, prayers and music Friday night, trying to help fill the void left by the loss of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington.

“She was a light in the world,” said friend Ashley Honig.

Honig, a sophomore at Virginia Western Community College, knew Morgan Harrington during high school. They went to church together and were in the same youth group.

“She will never stop being loved,” Honig said.
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Honig was just one of a multitude of people who have shown support to the Harrington family since Morgan Harrington disappeared on Oct. 17 from the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

The candlelight vigil was planned quickly, bringing supporters to the home of Dan and Gil Harrington just a day after Virginia State Police confirmed remains found on Anchorage Farm outside Charlottesville were indeed those of Harrington.

The Harrington family expressed their gratitude to the crowd of more than 100 and to those worldwide for joining so passionately in the effort to locate Harrington.

Other attendees offered comfort to the Harrington family as they seek closure after spending 101 days searching for their daughter.

“This has been tragic from beginning to end,” said family friend Janet Crawford to the hushed crowd.

Crawford commended those who stood by the Harrington family through the ordeal of searching for their daughter’s body, which was finally located on Jan. 26 in a remote area of an Albemarle County farm, about seven miles away from the arena.

“Their loss has been great, their pain has been deep, their faith has been strong,” Crawford said.

Friends of and those sympathetic to the Harringtons shared prayers and inspirational poems, reminding one another of the Harringtons’ faith that Morgan is now without suffering.

Some have come to the Harringtons’ side after hearing of Morgan Harrington’s disappearance.
Kenny Jarels helped organize Friday’s vigil, mere months after meeting the Harrington family after joining the search party attempting to find their daughter.

“I never knew Dan and Gil until the first search took place in the first part of November,” Jarels said. “I was drawn to them, they were just amazing people. From that point on, it was almost like I had this purpose that I wanted to help them bring Morgan home.”

Since then Jarels has grown to know and love the Harrington family. During the vigil, he even joked his next goal is to be adopted by Dan and Gil Harrington. He has become more involved than a simple member of the search team, connecting to people interested in the Harrington case worldwide on the Internet.

“We have a Find Morgan Web site that has drawn a lot of interest, and we have a Facebook group. Prior to coming over here, I think we had about 34,000 members,” Jarels said. “There’s something very special about Morgan ― that’s what I hear wherever I go. It’s her personality, her smile and it’s just amazing the support and love she has gotten all around the world.”

Jarels has also served as a liaison between the Harrington family and the Tech community.

An electrical and computer engineering employee at Tech, Jarels said he spends most of his time with the athletics department.

Men’s basketball coach Seth Greenberg wore a maroon ribbon for Harrington last night during the Hokies’ game against the University of Virginia.
Greenberg and other coaches have pitched in to offer their support.

“I’ve got so many items from them I have to give (the Harringtons),” Jarels said. “They’ve been so supportive.”

He said Greenberg, football coach Frank Beamer and women’s basketball coach Beth Dunkenberger have taken special interest in the Harrington family.

“We’ve got great coaches on the field, on the basketball court, but they are even better off the field,” Jarels said, “And times like this, that’s when it shows.”

Harrington’s parents thanked the world for its support in their quest to find their daughter and closure in the case of her mysterious disappearance.

“Thank you so much,” Gil Harrington said. “We have been held up by your love in this catastrophe.”

“We could not have survived without you,” she said.

Gil said that the discovery of her daughter’s remains had helped to provide a sense of closure.

“We have recovered Morgan’s body,” she said, “now we are attempting to recover ourselves.”

Dan Harrington said during an emotional statement he too has found solace in Tuesday’s discovery.

“This is not the end, but there is some peace in closure,” he said.

Dan Harrington thanked the worldwide community for “holding up” his family during the 101 days that his daughter was missing.
“This community that has continued to be supportive and show us love and friendship ― in this century, I think that has never occurred before,” he said.

Dan Harrington said he hopes his daughter’s death will “not just a death but something that we go forward and remember.”

“Though one person killed Morgan,” he said, “there are many people who love Morgan.”

Many of those people braved below-freezing weather to gather together and share their memories and their sorrow.

Adriann Lester, a 2009 graduate of the UVa, has known the Harrington family since she played basketball with Morgan’s brother Alex when he was seven years old.

“She loved her family,” Lester said. “I loved her family.”

Morgan Harrington has been frequently remembered not just for her love of her family but for her love of others. During her high school summers, she volunteered at a camp for children with disabilities, directed by Deborah Duerke, a long-time friend of the Harrington family.

“This is an exceptional family,” Duerke said. “They’re something we can all learn from.”

Duerke said the thing she finds more important in light of the recent announcement of Morgan’s death is “to make sure nobody forgets.”
After those gathered joined in a stirring chorus of the song “Let There be Peace on Earth” and a closing prayer, many went forward to write notes of encouragement on poster boards bearing the 2-4-1 symbol, a family phrase that has become a rallying point for those searching for Morgan.

The Harrington family traditionally, as they leave the house, says to one another, “I love you too much, forever, and once more.” Those were the last words Morgan Harrington said to her mother Gill Harrington the day she disappeared.

“2-4-1 will always be a part of us,” one person wrote, “as will you.”

While Friday offered a chance for the community to find closure, Jarels said the search for Harrington’s killer is still a priority.

“It’s been an amazing journey,” Jarels said, “but we’re not there yet, because we’ve got to find the guy who did this.”

The Associated Press reports indicate the discovery of Harrington’s remains have generated a new surge of credible leads in the investigation.

Authorities are still examining the remains as they continue their investigation. Harrington’s body will be returned to her family next week for burial services.

news reporter Gordon Block contributed to this report
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(L-R) Dan, Alex and Gil Harrington watch on as Kenny Jarels introduces the next speaker Photo by Daniel Lin / SPPS
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