Alexis Murphy Picnic Held to Raise Awareness on How to Protect Kids

Posted: Updated: Aug 17, 2014 08:14 PM

The family of murdered teen Alexis Murphy is keeping her memory alive with the support of churches in Nelson County. They came together Sunday afternoon for a picnic and safety seminar to make sure their tragedy doesn't happen to another child.

When 17-year-old Alexis Murphy vanished last August, it shocked the people in Nelson County's tight-knit communities.

Alexis Murphy's Aunt Angela Taylor said, "Alexis could have been anybody's child, she is anybody's child. She is the next high school senior volleyball star. And I think that parents really identified with that, that whoa, this could have been my child."

The Murphy family wants to make sure parents have the tools they need to keep their kids safe.

"Being aware of what your child, and having that parental relationship with your kids and not necessarily so much as a friendship but realize that you have to be their parent,” said Taylor.

On Sunday, churches, family members, and friends gathered for a picnic to celebrate Alexis' life, and host a child safety seminar.

Organizer Lee Johnson said, "It didn't take us long to come up with the decision of lets go forward with this and show some love to the Alexis Murphy family."

Organizer Joseph Turner said, “This was a two-fold operation. We also wanted to make sure that all the parents were also equipped with tools toward child safety."

Sergeant Steve Davis of the Nelson County Sheriff's Office explained ways parents can protect children from cyber and sexual predators.

"The tips and things that he gave today, I hope these parents will take them back and really use them so these things won't happen to other kids in this small community,” said Taylor.

The Virginia Men of Prayer and Faith hosted the event and want to make sure the Murphy family knows they're not alone.

"Having lost a child myself, I know that there can never be a shortage of support when you're going through something like this,” said Taylor.

The Murphy family plans to travel to Virginia Tech in October with the Help Save the Next Girl Organization to raise awareness about girls and women who are still missing.

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