Locals wear orange for gun violence awareness day

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Across the country, people are wearing orange to show their support for national gun violence awareness day.

For local mother, Anita Franklin, this day means something important since she lost her son five years ago.

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Her son, Antonio was walking through Duncan Park in Lexington one evening and was shot and killed as an innocent bystander.

Antonio just turned 21.

Since his death, Franklin has been at the forefront of change.



She focuses on raising awareness about gun violence and educating people.

“I don’t have my kid to talk to so I’m out here talking to other people’s kids about living life,” said Anita Franklin.

On national gun violence awareness day she is wearing her orange and is encouraging everyone to do the same.

“When I see people in orange I get excited because I know they get it and they start asking questions,” said Franklin.

There is a peace walk Saturday, June 8 in Duncan Park rain or shine.

The event starts at 4 pm and the walk begins at 6:15 pm.