Vigil held to remember mother turned gun violence activist

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LEXINGTON, KY. (WTVQ)-A vigil was held in honor of Anita Franklin, a mother turned gun violence activist who was well-known in the Lexington area.

Friends, members of the community and people who had worked with Franklin joined her family in remembering how she inspired the community with her wit, charm, generosity, and persistence.

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Franklin answered the call to activism after the shooting death of her 21-year-old son Antonio in 2014.

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.”

According to Franklin’s family, she died Monday of a heart attack.

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.