10 years later Morgan Harrington's story still changing lives

Basketball challenge raises money for her scholarship fund

ROANOKE – A young woman's legacy lives on through her passion for education. It's been 10 years since the disappearance and murder of Morgan Harrington. Thursday, she's being honored at the seventh annual Doc's for Morgan basketball tournament.

Morgan was studying at Virginia Tech to become a teacher. The summer before her senior year she worked at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. As a way to honor her memory, the Morgan Dana Harrington scholarship fund was established by Carilion the day her body was found in 2010. The basketball challenge raises money for the scholarship that will help put a future doctor through medical school. 

Harrington's name and story are not forgotten in southwest Virginia.

PHOTOS: 10 years later Morgan Harrington's story still changing lives

Although her parents Dan and Gil wonder 10 years later what their daughter's life would have been like, they have made sure her story lives on past her death.

"I would have loved to see how she turned out. She was such fine stuff,” Gil Harrington said. "We really wanted to figure out a way to not have this tragedy sort of hurt us in more ways. So this was our response to evil, and how do we heal ourselves."

The Harringtons say that part of healing is fulfilling what Morgan could have been to the world.

"Helping other people has really helped us," Dan Harrington said. "Starting the scholarship helps us help other students. The students who are becoming doctors have incredible medical debt. And so the scholarship which has so far raised about $400,000 dollars give some opportunity to help reduce that debt."

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