Morgan Dana Harrington

Susan from West of Mars is a friend of Music Savvy Mom. A regular here, she’s shuffled for us before, and generally swings by daily to say hey and dish the snark.

I tell you this to say that she’s someone that I consider to be a friend, and whom I respect.

Susan knows that we usually take things light around here and rolls along with it…so when she told me she had a serious shuffle for me, I listened.

When I was made aware of the reason for this shuffle, I dropped everything and told her I’d put it up immediately. I’m a Virginian with close ties to Virginia Tech…and I’m a Mother.   The news of this girl’s disappearance hits me square in the gut.

So, I’m joining Susan in putting the information out there – not hesitating to “see what happens” in light of all the hoaxes this past week. Frankly…I’m hoping like hell that this IS a hoax.

Take it as you will, and do what you feel moved to do. Personally, I’m going to circulate the flyer…and pray.

~Ri

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From Susan:

Those of you who know me well know I’m a die-hard Metallica fan. (Heck, check my bio if you’re not sure what I mean)

I’m also a parent. Of two kids who are also, naturally, Metallica fans.

It used to be, when I was a kid, that a parent’s worst fear was a broken bone. Today, my greatest fear is that my children will be abducted. Being a Criminal Minds junkie doesn’t help my vivid writer’s imagination, let me tell you.

That’s why, when word came down that a young college student, Morgan Dana Harrington vanished from a Metallica show in Virginia, I hurt. I’m feeling this one, maybe more than the little girls who are my daughter’s age and have that same sweet face.  This disappearance… it feels a little too close to home. Sort of like that phone call I once got saying, “We arrested a stalker and she’s dropping your name.”

It’s in my community.

Here’s the Missing Persons Report from the Virginia State Police Website, and the Flyer for her return.  Please help circulate it.

I wanted to do a shuffle for Morgan. Something to say, “Keep fighting and don’t give up.”

But when I sat down with my music library, I realized that the songs I was gravitating toward were for her parents as well as for her. I can’t even imagine the hell her parents are in right now. (They’ve also offered a reward of $100,000 for any information leading to finding her.) Every time I try to, all I do is visualize a black wall. Anger. Despair. Panic. Fear.

(and I’m pissed this isn’t getting more media attention, too.)

So… here’s a special shuffle for Morgan and her parents. Stay strong.


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Metallica — Hero of the Day
Heroes show up in odd places. They are often the darndest people. Keepers of the flames/Can’t you feel your names?

Harry Chapin — Cats in the Cradle
Enough said. This song of a child growing up… it’s what we all expect when that child arrives, just the other day. Hopefully, your story will have a very very long ending.

Disturbed — Believe
No good lyrics to quote to you here. But the title alone makes this worth including. And it’s good and angry. Let David and company be angry for you, so your head is clear and you can focus on getting Morgan home.

Evanescence — Bring me to Life
Not to suggest there’s a life or death situation here, so much as my hope of an awakening of Morgan’s power. Empowerment. A way to find her way home.
Call my name and save me from the dark.

Flyleaf — Fully Alive
Fully alive/more than most/ready to smile and love life
… and she knows how to believe/in futures.

‘Nuff said.

Godsmack — I Fucking Hate You
Yeah, it’s okay to hate. I believe this. Hatred, when channeled properly, gives us inspiration, energy, drive. I can’t even quote lyrics here; they’re simply perfect.

Linkin Park — Somewhere I Belong
It’s simple: Our kids belong with us. Belong TO us. As much as they hate it, as much as they grow older and  test their own wings,  they will always belong to the people who created them. With obvious exceptions — the abused children, for example.

May Morgan come home. All my thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish there was more I could do.

(Ri, thanks a million!)
S.

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EARLY MORNING EDIT:

I felt like I needed to do more…we do actually have quite a few close ties to Virginia Tech at this blog, and it feels like family. So, I made a Clickable Badge to help spread the information. The link takes you directly to the Virginia Tech News Information Page – they seemed to have the most comprehensive information/tip lines/police info, etc. in one place.

NOWHERE is Music Savvy Mom linked. Period. This just gets you straight to the current information with one click – nothing else.

So, if you’d like to add the badge to your blog/website/emails or anywhere else that is HTML functional, please do.
Thanks ~ Ri

Morgan Badge

Copy and paste the
following code
into your
blog or website,
to spread information
and help in finding Morgan.

38 Responses to Morgan Dana Harrington
  1. Ash
    October 22, 2009 | 11:42 pm

    Needless to say…thanks Ri.
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    • Ri, the MSM
      October 22, 2009 | 11:48 pm

      Nope – thanks go to Susan. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know about this until she sent it tonight. And the more I read, the more upsetting it is. *sigh* Lots of prayers here.
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  2. Ri, the MSM
    October 23, 2009 | 12:04 am

    Here’s another link, from Virginia Tech News (thanks Ash) with tip line numbers.

    http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/story.php?relyear=2009&itemno=806
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  3. Cold Spaghetti
    October 23, 2009 | 12:17 am

    I’m a Hokie (and married to a Hokie) and so touched by what you put together here.

    I hope she’s safe and is able to come back to her friends and family soon.

  4. [...] now, over at Music Savvy Mom, there’s a shuffle. I made it Thursday night, pulling songs that I love to work out to, songs that just seemed to fit. [...]

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried
    October 23, 2009 | 7:53 am

    Thanks again, Ri. This is making me nuts that it’s not on the media more, but then I thought, maybe there’s a reason. Maybe … hopefully… they’re onto something. (Again, too much Criminal Minds working here)

    The idea that this is a hoax never occurred to me. Not given the people who’ve been covering this. It better not be…
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  6. Devilish Southern Belle
    October 23, 2009 | 8:13 am

    Wow, I had not heard one thing about this until Susan’s post. Thanks for getting the word out!

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    October 23, 2009 | 10:29 am

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    October 23, 2009 | 10:29 am

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    October 23, 2009 | 10:31 am

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    October 23, 2009 | 10:32 am

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  11. Starrlight
    October 23, 2009 | 12:29 pm

    I shared on my facebook.
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    October 23, 2009 | 1:31 pm

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    October 23, 2009 | 1:32 pm

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  19. Alice Audrey
    October 23, 2009 | 3:06 pm

    It’s hard to think it isn’t a life or death situation. Why else would she abandon her most valuable things? Yes, it might be a hoax, but it might not.
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    October 23, 2009 | 5:29 pm

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    October 23, 2009 | 5:29 pm

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  30. Jim
    October 23, 2009 | 11:55 pm

    I AM TOTALLY PISSED ABOUT THIS, SORRY FOR THE CAPS… BUT ONE OF OUR OWN IS MISSING AND I’M BESIDE MYSELF THAT I’M HERE IN PA AND CANNOT BE THERE HELPING TO FIND MORGAN. ALL I CAN SAY IS,IF THE PERSON THAT TOOK MORGAN READS THIS, THERE ARE EYES EVERYWHERE!!

    IT’S DISTRESSING THAT PEOPLE CANNOT EVEN GO TO A METALLICA CONCERT ANYLONGER WITHOUT WORRING ABOUT BEING KIDNAPPED!!!!! I AM TOTALLY PISSED ABOUT THIS!!

  31. Lori Shanklin
    October 24, 2009 | 8:25 am

    Pls RT, if you will, in hopes of finding Morgan Dana Harrington, missing VT student. Thanks. http://bit.ly/3vL6Ia (via @MusicSavvyMom)

  32. kristadavis
    October 24, 2009 | 8:27 am

    Pls RT, if you will, in hopes of finding Morgan Dana Harrington, missing VT student. Thanks. http://bit.ly/3vL6Ia @MusicSavvyMom

  33. Lori Shanklin
    October 24, 2009 | 11:25 am

    Pls RT, if you will, in hopes of finding Morgan Dana Harrington, missing VT student. Thanks. http://bit.ly/3vL6Ia (via @MusicSavvyMom)

  34. Lori Shanklin
    October 24, 2009 | 3:25 pm

    Pls RT, if you will, in hopes of finding Morgan Dana Harrington, missing VT student. Thanks. http://bit.ly/3vL6Ia (via @MusicSavvyMom)

  35. kristadavis
    October 24, 2009 | 3:27 pm

    Pls RT, if you will, in hopes of finding Morgan Dana Harrington, missing VT student. Thanks. http://bit.ly/3vL6Ia @MusicSavvyMom

  36. Laura
    October 24, 2009 | 8:59 pm

    Morgan comes from an incredibly supportive, loving family. They are devastated. I’ve known the family for years and have been in contact with both Gil and Dan this week. They are desperate for people to continue spreading the word, so they can find their precious daughter. Please go to http://www.findmorgan.com for updated information. (It’s the official website.) You’ll see a missing poster (in English and Spanish) that can be downloaded and emailed to people, as well as distributed around whatever city or town that you live in. Please make everyone you know aware of Morgan, and ask them to do the same. Also, call the major networks (CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, UNIVISION AND TELEMUNDO), especially the Washington, DC offices, and ask them to air updates which will keep Morgan’s case in the media; this is so crucial. This is how anyone and everyone can help, no matter where you live. Her parents are so deeply appreciative of everyone who is helping.

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