LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Central Kentucky mother, turned anti-gun violence advocate has died.
Anita Franklin became an activist after her son, 21-year-old Antonio Franklin was shot and killed in 2014.
She is being remembered and honored online by Lexington’s Mayor, police department and other mothers whose kids have died from gun violence.
Statement from Chief Weathers:
“Our Lexington community, as well as our state, has suffered a great loss. Anita Franklin was someone who, through tragedy, brought hope and light into the world of those who found themselves suffering from the effects of crime. pic.twitter.com/CBYRO4drqw
— Lexington Police (@lexkypolice) February 24, 2020
Just two weeks ago, Franklin was speaking at a Moms Demand Action rally at the state capitol.
Her children, Laneisha Conner and Ricardo Franklin released a statement through the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Monday:
“We appreciate all the kindness and support from everyone. Our mother was loved and respected by many. She wanted to give back to those less fortunate and she loved the neighborhood in which she grew up. She made it her responsibility to make it better for everyone.”
Former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says she was one of a kind.
Anita Franklin had an irrepressible spirit. After her son Antonio was killed tragically, even in sadness she wasn’t bitter or vindictive or full of retribution. She was passionate instead about ending violence.
— Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) February 24, 2020
She spent most of her life as a nurse, but a couple of years ago she transitioned to working with the Fayette County Sheriff.
Today we mourn the loss of Anita Franklin, a passionate, tireless community leader. ^AB pic.twitter.com/m2C2AkioYU
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) February 24, 2020
ABC 36 News is still working to find out how she died.