UVA, VT send letters to students stressing safety at night & after drinking

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Dan and Gil Harrington are now living every parent's worst nightmare.

"Parents do caution children, yet bad things happen. There's no way to live a life and be 100 percent safe," said Gil Harrington, Morgan's mother.

Their 20 year old daughter Morgan vanished from a Metallica concert on the UVA campus in October.

Three long months later, her skeletal remains were found a few miles outside Charlottesville. The night she disappeared, police say Morgan had been drinking and had wandered away from her friends.

"We didn't want Morgan going out by herself and there's so many things if we could have just changed one thing, we would have," said Dan Harrington.

The Harrington's recently urged Virginia Tech and UVA officials to warn students about being more careful at night, especially after drinking. Letters were sent with safety reminders about walking alone and contact numbers for police.

"It does make you think a little bit. Like you kind of second guess your security, because there are times when you do walk home alone and you're like, should I be doing this," said VCU freshman Lara Taffer.

"That scares me even more that something like that happened around here," said VCU junior Paula Reis.

VCU's students are no stranger to tragedy. Several years ago one of their own, Taylor Behl, disappeared and was found murdered. The Harrington's letter hasn't made its way to the campus, but students here are well aware of Morgan's story.

"You wouldn't want that to happen to you or any of your friends. So you kind of take on the emotional aspect of where the parents are coming from just try and avoid those situations," said Michalia Raton, VCU student.

No arrests have been made in Morgan's murder though police have centered their attention on the farm where her body was found. If you have information on Anchorage Farm call 434-709-1685.

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