Why she filed: Morgan Harrington's mom explains suit
The news that the mother of slain concert-goer Morgan Dana Harrington filed a lawsuit against the security company nearly got lost amid the tributes to the 20-year-old on the two-year anniversary of her disappearance. The $3.5 million suit against Regional Marketing Concepts Inc., doing business as RMC Events, was filed October 11 in Roanoke. While the president of RMC Events has declined to return our phone calls, the Hook caught up with Morgan's mom, Gil Harrington.
Why the lawsuit?
Gil: Questions remain about what happened that night, and this is about retaining our ability to ask those questions.
Gil: We really had been considering it, and the statute of limitations was beginning to run out.
Do you really blame the security firm?
Gil: It's more than just casting about for somebody to blame.
What about Morgan's friends [Amy Melvin and Sarah Snead] who left her to fend for herself?
Gil: It's always been about a murderer. I'm not going to throw Morgan's friends under a bus. I know that those girls loved Morgan, and Morgan loved them.
You've also refrained from criticizing the State Police for thus far failing to solve this.
Gil: Like it or not, we remain a family of sorts with the police. Families have their differences, but they air those differences behind closed doors.
What will a civil trial accomplish?
Gil: We may never have a criminal trial. This may be our only trial.Read more on: Morgan Harrington