Thursday, January 26, 2012

Morgan Harrington Murder: A Grisly Anniversary

The beautiful, shiny, loving Morgan Dana Harrington was a true original. She brought much joy and fun to family and friends for 20 years. Her light and potential were extinguished when she was abducted from a Metallica concert 10/17/09 in Charlottesville Virginia.

Morgan’s skeletonized body was found at Anchorage Farm, Albemarle County on 1/26/10. The person(s) responsible remain at large, presumably still in the Charlottesville area. Her murder remains unsolved.

The family asks that any information that might help in the investigation of this case be directed to: Virginia State Police tip line (434) 352-3467.

It is important to her family that Morgan’s killer(s) did not erase her from the world and that she continues to create a positive legacy. To honor that the family is moving forward with several educational projects that Morgan, an education major at VT, was personally involved with and you can view them below.

From a Mother to Her Loving Daughter the poem written for the memorial service is titled "Gristly Anniversary" as the family returns today to the bridge where Morgan's remains were found.

"Gristly Anniversary"

When they brought your body back to me
There were just bones to see.
Didn’t look like my baby – Morgan D.
No golden hair, no sparkly eyes
Broken ribs – ugly surprise.
Disposable girl they all said
Skirts too short
Lips’re too red
Askin for it they all said
But what you asked for, screamed for, was mercy and release
Know you got no mercy, pray you found some peace
It’s so hard to do
This life with no you
Saw your friend at a local place
Saw the message on her face
That she’s moved on and we should too
But baby I’m not over the death of you
Gotta shake it off, pity’s no use
We’ve a job to do, still a killer on the loose
It’s another anniversary – not the kind you celebrate
But the kind you sorta hate
Even Hallmark passes here, I’ve looked hard
There’s no “Happy we found your daughter’s body” card
Morgan, I recon a reconing is due
Morgan, he’ll pay for killing you
And have to atone
For every scream – every moan
For each and every fractured bone


The construction of the Morgan Dana Harrington Educational Wing, OMNI Village, Ndola, Zambia, Africa
OMNI, Orphan Medical Network International, donations may be mailed to:
6930 Empire Lane
Roanoke, Va. 24018
Or on line at
OMNI is a 501(c)3 charitable organization

The Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship, Virginia Tech-Carilion Medical School
VTC Scholarship donations may be mailed to: 
Virginia Tech
Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship
University Development
Blacksburg, Va. 24061
Or on line at Morgan Dana Harrington Scholarship

The Harrington family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Morgan Harrington's murder.In addition, the band Metallica is offering an additional $50,000 to the reward bringing it to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Morgan's murder.

1 comment:

Donna R. Gore said...

What a class act this family is.... if you can ever call grieving a class act! A mother's poem is so heart wrenching...but oh so true!
The educational endeavors, the reward.. it seems they are doing EVERYTHING humanly possible for their daughter's memory!

By the way, if Hallmark wants to re-consider hiring me as a writer, I can supply them with "appropriate cards" that don't currently exist. Maybe.... if someone wants to finance it, Morgan's family and I could start a small business to address this need! (What a nice fantasy!) Sure hope Mrs. Harrington and all of you read this former blog about creating a specialty greeting card company! In the meantime, we all mourn their tremendous loss and applaud her family's strength and perseverance.
Donna "Ladyjustice"

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