Central Kentucky anti-gun violence advocate Anita Franklin dies

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.

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.

She spent most of her life as a nurse, but a couple of years ago she transitioned to working with the Fayette County Sheriff.


ABC 36 News is still working to find out how she died.

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