LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A slain woman’s grandmother is speaking out.
We told you earlier this week about 30-year-old LaPorscha stringer, who died after being shot in her car outside the Fayette Mall.
ABC 36’s Christy Bollinger spoke with her grandmother, who raised her for most of her life, about that day, she calls the worst day of her life.
Lucy Jones is preparing to lay her granddaughter to rest.
“You never expect to bury your granddaughter, you expect your granddaughter to bury you,” says Jones.
But that’s her reality.
“Everybody knows how much I love that baby. She’ll always be my baby even though she’s a woman,” says Jones of LaPorscha.
She recalls that day in the hospital and what the doctor told her.
“He said ‘I’m gonna explain this to you. There’s no use in doing surgery. She’s brain dead’,” Jones says choking up with tears.
She says when she saw her laying there in the bed she just couldn’t believe it was her baby.
“I couldn’t do anything to help her. I wanted to help her and I couldn’t. To see her laying there so lifeless, it’s a horrible feeling,” describes Jones.
“I wish I could have took her place.. for these babies.”
LaPorscha is leaving behind three children, but her grandmother takes comfort in the legacy she is also leaving behind.
She gave life to others by donating her organs.
She also helped a law get passed that protects juvenile crime victims.
LaPorscha was sexually assaulted when she was ten and she testified against the man. Years later, and that video of her testimony was purchased by someone who had filed an open records request.
“I think it was awful that at the time you could go down there and purchase that video for $15 of a child’s case,” says Jones.
Jones and her husband pushed for a change in the law. The result was House Bill 3, that keeps a juvenile victim’s testimony private, meaning it can only be obtained for official use.
It was signed into law in 2006.
For now, Jones tries her best to comfort her great grandchildren.
She says LaPorscha’s oldest son took it the hardest.
“He said, ‘Now we have no mom. I have no mom to watch me grow up and play football'”, says Jones with tears in her eyes.
She says LaPorscha was so loved and will be missed by many.
Her funeral arrangements will take place on Friday, September 6th at the Consolidated Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 10-12 p.m. Her funeral will follow from 12-2 p.m.