Community Unites at Concert Benefit to Support Alexis Murphy's Family

Posted: Updated: Feb 23, 2014 09:58 PM

Through song, donations, and worship, the Nelson County community let Alexis Murphy's family know they're not alone in the loss of the teen. Seventeen-year-old Alexis Murphy vanished last August.

Sunday night, her relatives counted their blessings after an outpouring of support from bands, pastors, and friends at a benefit concert.

Five bands from all over Virginia sang songs of praise, and each offered the Murphy family their support.

Murphy's aunt, Angela Taylor, spoke for the family, saying this show of support is what gets them through each day without Alexis. “To see all the people that came out today who prayed with us, cried with us, got up and danced with us, with the band, it touches your heart in a way that you really can't describe,” she said.

About 200 people filled the event hall at the Nelson Heritage Center Sunday afternoon for this benefit concert.

Organizer Stefforn Thompson says the event went better than he could have hoped. “It's a blessing, it's truly a blessing to see this many people come out to support the Murphy family.”

It's been nearly seven months since the Murphy family last saw Alexis.

“It's just really been an awful situation that we have been put in, but through the love and support of this community, everyone who came out today, it helps us get through,” Taylor stated.

At the end of the concert, Thompson and his brother presented Murphy's mother with a bouquet of flowers. He says he's happy to help the family in their time of need. “I just want to thank everybody for coming out because it means so much to me and I know it means a lot to them too," he said.

Taylor says this turnout shows the strong support Alexis's story has generated from Nelson County to the entire nation. “It helps us get through a day to the next day that we have the love and support of millions of people," she said.

Money collected Sunday night will help Alexis’ mother, who’s been off work to focus on the search for her daughter.

The concert was hosted by the Millennium Project which offers cultural and religious programs for Nelson County.

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