June 4, 2011
A group in North Garden says that they want "Justice in June" for Morgan Harrington.
Harrington is the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who was murdered in 2009. Her body was found months later on a remote farm in Albemarle County.
The group of supporters calling themselves "Justice for Morgan," gathered in North Garden on Saturday, just three miles from where Harrington's remains were discovered in January 2010.
The group is raising money for the Morgan Harrington Educational Wing that is currently being built in Zambia, Africa by her mother Gil Harrington. Zambia is a place dear to both Harrington and her mother, who frequently travels there as a nurse.
"The outside is nearly completed," says group member Kenny Jarels. "But we need work to be done on the inside."
The group hopes that by selling T-Shirts, bracelets and taking donations, they will reach their goal of $15,000.
However, raising money for a school in Africa bearing Harrington's namesake is not their only motive.
"There's another goal that we have in mind," Jarels continued. "That's to keep the community aware that there is still a killer amongst them."
Virginia State Police have said that the killer must be familiar with North Garden and the Charlottesville-area because the place where Harrington was found, on Anchorage Farm, is remote.
"We don't want it to take another crime, murder or rape before this guy is caught," says group member Amanda St. Clair.
The group hopes with their presence and by passing out the composite sketch of Morgan's alleged murderer, they will find justice for Morgan Harrington.
The same group is holding a bake sale next Saturday, June 11 at the Giant food store on Pantops to continue to raise money. Morgan's parents, Dan and Gil harrington, will be there as well.