Updates from October 15, 2013

On October - 15 - 2013

Dan: Happy to report the recent review of the Virginia Tech-Carilion Medical School was a great success. Dan has decided to resume a limited patient practice in addition to his administrative duties and has begun seeing patients at Carilion Clinic. His willingness to reconnect with individual patients again indicates a remarkable degree of both healing and courage. Dan was chosen as the honoree for the 2013 Healing Arts Program – Carilion Clinic. He is busy with many areas of responsibility and yet still manages to keep afloat.

Gil: I am quite active with the Help Save The Next Girl Foundation. Our mission to promote education, victim/family outreach and legislation is ambitious and requires much of my time and attention here in Roanoke. I still derive great satisfaction form my work in wound care in Africa with OMNI, Orphan Medical Network International. Our 2013 OMNI medical team treated 4036! patients in Zambia during eight clinics this summer. The Morgan Harrington Educational Wing is full of healthy, motivated students who are poised to do great things in their country.

Alex: He is working hard and traveling a great deal in his position in NYC with Vogue. Alex has a remarkable breadth of both responsibility and creativity that serve him well professionally. I visit frequently and try and keep the fridge full and the laundry empty 🙂

Morgan: Still dead. So hard to believe that you were murdered, even after 4 years. How could someone hurt you, kill you? Just don’t get it. Such a waste. After 4 years, we have acclimated to our “new reality”, our triangulated family post you. Don’t like it one darn bit, but we are trying to make it work. Help us. Please.

Kirby: Lordy, Lordy. This is a dog that needs psychiatric care and probably drugs as well. He sleeps with us, on my pillow! Sweet and good as gold. But let the door bell chime and he becomes a snarling, ferocious, crazed wolverine and usually bites – me! We need a dog whisper, or perhaps a tazer. (He may actually just be reacting to the indignity I continue to subject him to. Once as a joke, I moussed Kirby’s hair up into a mohawk. Morgan thought it was hilarious. So I always tried to gel the pup’s hair-do before she came home from VT to make her laugh. Kirby thinks that this doggie hair-fashion legacy should be dropped immediately – go figure.

7 Responses to “Updates from October 15, 2013”

  1. Joan says:

    Dear Dan and Gil,

    So sorry about the horrific loss of your absolutely beautiful daughter, Morgan. I just happened to come upon your story early this morning on TV. As a mother of two little girls it is just unimaginable that someone could take and harm anyone’s child. Something clearly happened to Morgan inside that theater that caused her to leave by herself in the state that she was in. And, I don’t understand why her friends allowed her to go alone? What happened to the buddy system??? SO much about this bothers me as a woman and mother. And, as a former TV reporter here in Rhode Island, I feel like investigators aren’t doing all they can since the DNA match with the sexual assault of another woman. You are amazing parents…I know you don’t need me to tell you that. All that you have done in your daughter’s memory to benefit other girls is so selfless and must feel so satisfying. All done with broken hearts, I’m sure. Just wanted you to know how sad it made me feel to see your story and pray that the monster responsible for taking, hurting and killing your Morgan is brought to justice before another life is taken. We just never know if this lifetime what we are going to have to endure. SO, so sorry for your tremendous loss. Joan

  2. Nikki Lynn says:

    Just saw Morgan’s story on ID Disappeared and wanted to say that I will continue to pray for your family with this loss. The world has become such a scary place and as a momma of 3 kiddos (1 boy and 2 adorable girls) I always worry about these types of thing. Please know that you will continue to stay in my prayers! My biggest prayer is that they find the person who did this to your sweet MOrgan. I’m SO sorry for your loss. 🙁

  3. Linds W says:

    What an amazing family you all are. While watching ID I was completely blown away by your strength. Your daughter would be so proud of each of you. I wish you the best as you continue your fight for justice. I’m a rape victim/survivor myself (by my cab driver) and my family could have easily been where you are today. The wheels of justice moved incredibly slow for me and sadly ended with very little satisfaction except that his name and face will forever be in the system. I’m deeply sorry for your loss and lack of answers. Just know that the next girl will be incredibly grateful that both you and his first victim continued the fight. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Brett Moore says:

    I saw the show as well. Heartbreaking story. So interesting even, that I had to get online to see if there had been any updates. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this long drawn out process. I’m wishing you all the best of luck in catching this maniac before he tragically tears apart another loving family. ALSO: I didn’t know if you know about this or not, but there is a website which is ran by volunteers that investigates cold cases for free as hobbyist in their spare time. Not sure of the name, but I’ve seen many other cases solved by them…not saying they caught the killer but did figure out who that person was. Good luck to you and I look forward to hearing about some resolve in your situation.

  5. Sandy. Brassard says:

    I too watched ID Disappeared at 3am today when I could not sleep. I was overwhelmed with grief and sorrow for you. What a tragic thing to happen to your Morgan when she only wanted to attend a concert. Somehow there is more to this terrible event, and I too question why her friends would have let her go off on her own. Her killer will be found, I am convinced of that..

    I too was in the a medical profession, recently retiring as Director of a large Medical Staff for 26 years. We had our share of homicide victims, and yes, authorities do keep certain portions of evidence confidential, but this murderer will be found..

    Prayers to you and your family always.


  6. tess wood says:

    I think about Morgan all the time…
    When will they find this horrendous person and bring him to justice???

  7. Mark says:

    Hi Gil and Dan,

    All decent people love you. We understand how you feel.

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