Anita Franklin’s kids reflect on her life

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington mother and anti-gun violence advocate, Anita Franklin died from a heart attack according to her family.

The family says it happened Monday morning in Lexington.

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Anita was 57 years old.

Ricardo Franklin and Laneshia Conner are Anita Franklin’s kids.

They say her death is life altering for them because she was so involved in their lives.



Her son remembers a moment when he was going into a test and she called him just to say I love you.

“She’s like I’m so proud of you. I was like I love you, I got to go take a test and she’s like you got time for your mamma don’t you? I said yeah, I got time for you,” said Ricardo Franklin.

Her kids remember the personal moments with her, but they’re also amazed by the work she did in the public eye.

Anita touched many lives through her mission of trying to stop gun violence. Her mission began after she lost her middle child to gun violence in a Lexington park. Her son, Antonio was 21 years old.

Her kids say they’ll be more involved in the work she did. They hope others will step up and advocate as she did.

“I just hope people remember the words that she spoke and I hope they do something with them because there won’t be a replacement. There will be no one else like her,” said Laneshia Conner.

Her kids say it’s hard to let her go.

“I had plans to be with her and so I already miss what I won’t have,” said Conner.

Her kids say she’s in a better place now with her son, and their brother, Antonio.

The funeral for Anita Franklin will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Consolidated Baptist Church on Russell Cave Road.

Her funeral will start at 1 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.