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Hundreds say goodbye to activist Anita Franklin

Posted at 7:26 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 09:17:12-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at Consolidated Baptist Church to say one final goodbye to Anita Franklin, who unexpectedly passed away on Monday.

Franklin was a gun rights activist who had a mission, and she was very passionate about that mission. That mission was to end gun violence and it stemmed from the shooting death of her son, Antonio Franklin, who was an innocent bystander who was shot and killed in Duncan park in 2014.

"The seed she planted, we've got to grow (it)" Chief Lawrence Weathers of Lexington Police said during the funeral service. "We've got to branch out, we've got to reach out. We've got to do what she wanted and get it done."

Franklin was advocating for gun control as recently as February 13, when she gave a speech during the 'Moms Demand Action' rally held at the capitol.