LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Anita Franklin never stopped fighting to end gun violence after her son was gunned down in 2014.
Franklin became a frequent advocate in Frankfort, the capitol of Kentucky, to get her message across to lawmakers. Less than two weeks ago, that is where she last rallied at the'Moms Demand Action' rally.
Monday morning, Franklin died unexpectedly. The cause of death has not been released.
Following her son's death, Franklin turned her grief into action and she wasn't afraid to hold politicians accountable.
Through her work, she caught the attention of many.
"She's not just a great advocate, but a great person," Gov. Andy Beshear said of Franklin. "She was a good friend to me. I think about her and her cause. I know how passionate she was and I hope that she is in all of our thoughts. We look back and think of what an impact she made."
During her final rally, Franklin shared with the crowd a quote she said to her son on the day he died.
"I simply said to Antonio, 'If you come home to me, that's good. But if you go to God, that is even better."
Franklin always hoped that her son's death would bring positive change to the world.