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Sunday, July 24, 2016


            Let us not forget Morgan Dana Harrington on her birthday, July 24. Let us not forget her and support her family members. Please support the Organization, Help Save the Next Girl, in memory of her.

            We will also remember her on the following observances every year:

1. National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims (September 25) (See the 2014 & 2015 event)

2. Tree of Angels (December) (See the 2014 & 2015 event)

Morgan Harrington

Photo of murder victim Morgan Harrington, released by family and posted on The Washington Post.
Morgan Dana Harrington
July 24, 1989
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
October 17, 2009 (aged 20)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Cause of death
Body discovered
January 26, 2010
Known for
Missing person and murder victim

Morgan Dana Harrington of Roanoke, Virginia (July 24, 1989 - October 17, 2009), was a 20-year-old American Virginia Tech student who disappeared from the John Paul Jones Arena on October 17, 2009, while attending a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia (UVA). Her disappearance initiated one of the largest searches in Charlottesville, Virginia's history. Harrington's remains were discovered three months later in rural farmland. A forensic connection has been made to the principal suspect in the murder of Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student who is believed to have been abducted on September 13, 2014. On September 15, 2015, Jesse Matthew was formally charged with first degree murder and abduction with intent to defile in the murder of Morgan Harrington. On March 2, 2016 Jesse Matthew plead guilty to the first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile of both Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington and received four additional consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole or release.


Morgan Harrington's mother, Gil, with a self-portrait by her daughter.

HARRINGTON MORGAN DANA HARRINGTON The world has lost it's best hugger. The incomparable Morgan Dana Harrington was torn from us on October 17, 2009. Morgan, age 20, was a shiny, loving, beautiful original. She was very much loved by her family, her friends, and her community, which has now expanded to include much of the world. We cherish the time we had with Morgan and are grateful for the breadth and variety of experiences we were able to share in her tragically abbreviated life. Morgan was born on July 24, 1989 in Charlottesville, Virginia and died there in October 2009. She was an avid music fan, a champion of children's rights, and planned a career in education. To recognize some of Morgan's passions we ask that, in lieu of flowers, gifts to honor Morgan's memory be made to the Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine or to OMNI - Orphan Medical Network International, an organization that provides medical care in Africa. Scholarship donations may be mailed to: Virginia Tech, Attention: Gift Accounting, University Development (0336)Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, and OMNI donations to 6930 Empire Lane Roanoke, Virginia 24018. Our reconfigured family, Dan, Gil, and Alex, plan on honoring Morgan with a Mass 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2010 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church 631 Jefferson Street Roanoke, Va. A reception to celebrate Morgan's life will follow at the Hotel Roanoke. We are grief stricken by her death but also lifted by the knowledge that Morgan Dana Harrington was precious to so many and will not be forgotten. She mattered to us all.We are grief stricken by her death but also lifted by the knowledge that Morgan Dana Harrington was precious to so many and will not be forgotten. She mattered to us all. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home and Crematory, (540) 366-0707

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 4, 2010

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