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Community gathers to remember Anita Franklin

Posted at 9:48 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 13:37:28-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of people packed into the Fayette County Circuit Courthouse this evening to honor Anita Franklin, the anti-violence activist who died suddenly earlier this week.

The vigil was organized by the sheriff's office. Those who knew her best gathered to share their favorite memories.

Anita Franklin will always be remembered as a force for peace in Lexington. It was her rallying cry as she took the pain from her son Antonio's murder and turned it into a tireless battle for peace in her community.

"It's going to take all of us to complete what she has charged us to do," said Sheriff Kathy Witt. "First: live amazing, like Anita…and then: let's get better and do it together"

Franklin's surviving son spoke with LEX 18 about his mother's mission and legacy.

"My mom took that as her responsibility, go try change the community, and that's what she did. I think she was pretty successful at what she did as well," Ricardo Franklin told LEX 18's Michael Valente.

Now, the peace that Anita spent her life working toward is up to all of us left behind. As for Anita, Sheriff Kathy Witt is certain her friend received comfort in her life after death.

"I am confident on Monday morning, she heard the words we all long to hear: 'well done,'" said Witt.

Franklin's visitation and funeral will be held Saturday at the Consolidated Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with the funeral following at 1 p.m.