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Grandmother: 'Everyone should have a Madilyn in their life'

Grandmother remembers Madilyn Grisham, who died in a shooting on Sunday
Posted at 5:47 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 09:21:11-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — There are still no arrests, and no charges, in the murder of 20-year-old Madilyn Grisham.

Grisham and two others were shot outside along the 100-block of Payne Street in Lexington around 2:15 Sunday morning.

While her family and friends wait for justice, we have learned more about the beloved Grisham.

On Monday, we spoke with Grisham's best friend, Morgan Stinnett. On Tuesday, her grandmother invited us over to speak with her about her beloved Madilyn.

"She was so full of joy, so full of life," said Pat Michaux, Grisham's grandmother.

When Madilyn Grisham was born, her grandmother started a scrapbook. The book documents the years with Madilyn's trendy phrases along with hundreds of pictures.

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Pat Michaux keeps a scrapbook for each of her grandchildren. This is Madilyn's.

"She just made you feel so good about yourself because she was so positive, and had this wonderful smile," said Michaux.

That smile lives on in thousands of pictures. The memories of Madilyn are carrying her grandmother through unimaginable pain.

"You can't constantly look at the negative side of things. The grieving process is there, and I do grieve, but oh, the memories, the memories are so wonderful. And that's what gets me through," said Michaux.

In her hallway, Michaux doesn't see hardwood floors. She envisions Madilyn building a cheer pyramid with her friends by utilizing creativity to look past obstacles.

"It was just remarkable to see their little minds work, you know. Just a great time with a wonderful person, a wonderful girl named Madilyn," said Michaux.

A life of wonder and joy, but one that was too short.

"Everybody should have a Madilyn in their life," said Michaux. "I was honored to be her nanny."