Help Save The Next Girl Vigil for Missing to be Held SaturdayPosted: Updated:
The organization Help Save the Next Girl is holding a vigil to raise awareness for 18 different missing person’s cases, some dating all the way back to 1982.
Families of those missing loved ones will gather Saturday afternoon at Northridge Community Church in Albemarle County. In addition to spreading awareness of these cases, the event is a chance for these families to support one another as many pray for the safe return of their family members.
Gil Harrington, whose daughter Morgan was abducted and murdered in Charlottesville in 2009, will join Kim Nelson as a guest speaker. Nelson's daughter, Bethany Decker, was last seen in Ashburn, Virginia in 2011.
A candlelight vigil will follow to remember all of those still missing in central Virginia.
That includes Alexis Murphy, whose body has never been found, despite a murder conviction in the case. Alexis’ aunt, Trina Murphy, says events like this make sure no case is forgotten.
"Obviously Alexis' case was very much in the forefront with national media coverage and not every family gets that kind of coverage, and especially those with older cases, so it's very important that we have some sort of forum to highlight those cases and keep those cases in the media as well," she stated.
The vigil will be held at Northridge Community Church on Dickerson Road in Albemarle County starting at 1 p.m. Community member are encouraged to attend, Trina Murphy says they are expecting more than 100 people at the vigil.
The vigil will raise awareness of the following missing people:
- Bonnie Santiago, missing from Albemarle County, Virginia since July 12, 2014
- Janet Renee Field missing from Scottsville, Virginia since July 2, 2014
- Alexis Murphy, missing from Shipman, Virginia since August 3, 2013
- Dashad "Sage" Laquinn Smith, missing from Charlottesville, Virginia since November 20, 2012
- Robert Fitzgerald, missing from Staunton, Virginia since November 12, 2012
- Robert Lee Hourihan, missing from Palmyra, Virginia since April 8, 2011
- Samantha Ann Clarke, missing from Orange, Virginia since September 13, 2010
- Margaret Gail Stamper-White missing from Augusta County, Virginia since May 13, 2008
- Rachel Nicole Good, missing from Elkton, Virginia since October 18, 2003
- Robert Lee Kelley, missing from Buckingham County, Virginia since July 24, 2002
- Stephen DeWayne Talley, missing from Augusta County, VA since September 17, 2000
- Paul Andrew Hughes, missing from Middlebrook, Virginia since March 4, 2000
- Quinn Renard Woodfolk, missing from Charlottesville, Virginia since July 4, 1998
- Rebecca “Ann” Crist, missing from Staunton, Virginia since May 3, 1988
- Kimberly Jane Britts, missing from Charlottesville, Virginia since April 6, 1985
- Richard William “Petie” Miller, Jr., missing from Staunton, Virginia since November 17, 1983
- Katherine Sybil Worsky, missing from Charlottesville, VA since July 12, 1982
- Kelly Bergh Dove, missing from Harrisonburg, Virginia since June 18, 1982
For more information, visit the 'Charlottesville Remembers: A vigil for our missing' Facebook event.
Help Save The Next Girl News Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Help Save the Next Girl is sponsoring a Missing Person’s event Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Northridge Community Church, 5100 Dickerson Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911.
This event is being organized for 18 families of missing persons from Charlottesville, Albemarle, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Augusta, Buckingham, Elkton, Orange, Palmyra, Nelson and Fluvanna County. They range from the oldest case of Kelly Dove who went missing in 1982 from Harrisonburg, VA to the most recent case of Bonnie Santiago who went missing in July 2014 from Carter’s Mountain in Albemarle, VA.
Family members will be in attendance to speak on their loved ones behalf including the families of Alexis Murphy and Katie Worsky. We will also have a guest speaker, Kim Nelson, whose daughter Bethany Decker went missing from Ashburn, VA in 2011 along with Dan and Gil Harrington, the parents of Morgan Harrington, who was abducted and murdered in 2009.
“HOPE” will be the message as a candlelight vigil will follow the tributes to each missing person. This event is to bring together families who are experiencing the pain of having a missing loved one in hopes they will feel bonded together and not alone.