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More than a number: Family remembers victim in record year of homicides

Posted at 11:49 AM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 11:53:40-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Monday marked the 34th homicide in Lexington, a record-breaking number. That previous record was 29, which was the year before in 2019.

The increase in numbers is especially startling and upsetting to the families of the victims.

LEX 18 spoke to Summer Ragan, the granddaughter of homicide victim Alice Carter.

Carter was shot in broad daylight back in October. She was caught in the crossfire while getting out of her daughter's car near 5th Street. The murder is still unsolved.

"I need some closure, I need peace of mind, I want to start over," said Ragan.

Ragan says she is so fearful. She wants to leave Kentucky and is afraid of the city she grew up in and called home.

"I live in Nicholasville; I don't go to Lexington. We stay in our home because of the coronavirus but I don't even feel safe going to Lexington. I don't even like going on my aunt's street, where she got killed at, because that just hurts. It hurts, it really does."

At least 10 of this year's homicides remain unsolved, including Carter's case. Ragan pleads anyone that has information about her grandmother's killers to come forward.