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Very Special Guest, Gil Harrington on The Susan Murphy Milano Show, “Time’s Up!”

The Susan Murphy Milano Show, “Time’s Up!”


Listen at: Here Women Talk

“Help Save the Girl Next Door”

We are so proud and honored to have Gil Harrington as the guest for the hour.  An amazing woman in her own right, she and her husband Dan have been the voice for their murdered daughter, Morgan Harrington.

On October 17, 2009 Gil Harrington’s life was forever changed when her beautiful daughter, Morgan, came up missing from a Metallica concert she attended in Charlottesville, VA.  The country took notice, assistance poured in from all over, but her lifeless remains were not found until January, 26, 2010 in a remote field in Albemarle County, VA on Anchorage Farm.  Morgan was taken from this world just as she was becoming a woman recognizing her potential.

For some, it might be the end of the story, a resolution, but until those who took Morgan Harrington’s bright light from this world are brought to justice, the Harrington family will continue to seek that the scales of justice to be balanced. In the meantime, they carry on in Morgan’s name, carving her legacy into a world which will never know all that she had to offer.

Gil Harrington is an amazing woman, nurse, mother and wife, who finds time to devote to Morgan’s legacy in many ways.  Recently, Gil has reached out to other young college co-eds, feeling invincible and “Teflon coated,” warning them of the dangers that exist on college campuses across the country, and the fact that there is still a killer(s) on the loose in the area of the Virginia Tech Campus.

Harrington has become active in the passage of “Kathryn’s Law,” which would require campus police departments to hand over such serious criminal investigations to local law enforcement agencies.  “The response to murder and rape,” she says, “should be the same across the nation.”  As laws stand now, campus police hold jurisdiction over crimes committed on campus, many under reported, and under charged, and some being swept under the rug, as in the cases of Kathryn Russell, Liz Seccuro and Pat Collins, all victims of campus crimes.

To keep Morgan’s memory alive, the Harrington family has created ways to shine her light into the following important projects:

“Morgan’s plan to teach at the elementary level will be recognized by the construction of the MDH Educational Wing in Zamia. Morgan will not be able to go to Africa, but she will be still be part of changing the lives of many impoverished children who will be educated in this facility. Morgan planned on traveling to Africa with OMNI after graduation.”

Construction of the Morgan Dana Harrington Educational Wing, OMNI Village, Ndola , Zambia, Africa.  Donations to OMNI, Orphan Medical Network International, may be mailed to:
6930 Empire Lane
Roanoke, Virginia 24018
Or on line at
OMNI is a 501(c)3 charitable organization
“To honor Morgan’s intention to become a teacher we are sponsoring these educational projects that Morgan was directly involved with prior to her death. Donations are gratefully accepted for:The Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship, Virginia Tech-Carilion Medical School.  VTC Scholarship donations may be mailed to:Virginia Tech
Attn: Gift Accounting – Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship
University Development (0336)
Blacksburg, VA  24061Or on line at Morgan Dana Harrington Scholarship.

Read Gil Harrington’s blog on the family website:          ..  ….  .



  1. What a wonderful mother Gil is! I was literally brought up by nurses.. They are very special people and often possess insights that others lack! Although she continues to grieve, she takes the high road at every opportunity and thinks of the welfare of others as well as the legacy and memory of her daughter. She is definitely, someone I would like to know better. If you haven’t listened to this show, please do.. It will touch your heart in so many ways!

    With Faith and Hope,

    Donna – “Ladyjustice”

  2. This really touches my heart…. Morgan would be so proud, I’m sure. It is common for campus police to operate in a vacuum… without the experience or wherewithal to conduct proper investigations….and for some reason earn inflated salaries ….. A fairly recent article in the Hartford Courant reported:
    March 13, 2011|By Jon Lender, Government Watch

    “The two top-ranking police officials at the University of Connecticut — Chief Robert Hudd and Maj. Ronald Blicher — were paid $246,961 and $193,616 last year, according to newly compiled state pay figures for 2010.

    That is much higher than the salaries of many of their counterparts in big-city police departments and campus police or security divisions at other universities. And this is probably not the best time for UConn to call attention to itself by paying high salaries, because the governor and legislators are looking for places to save billions of dollars in the state budget during a historic fiscal crisis. ”

    Yikes! And they have had their share of tragic student deaths at UConn in the past couple of years….
    This is an area that calls for balance, equity and more police training! Hooray for the Harringtons!

    Donna R. Gore

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