LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Monday afternoon, deputies with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office went door to door in the East End of town letting neighbors know about the annual Antonio Franklin Jr. Peace Walk.
The deputies went down the streets surrounding Duncan Park where Franklin was caught in the crossfire of a shooting and was killed in 2014.
Deputies passed out flyers in hopes of keeping Franklin’s memory alive and raising awareness about gun violence in the neighborhood.
Franklin’s mother, Anita Franklin, made it her mission to curb gun violence. She passed away 2 years ago. Since then, her youngest son, Ricardo, has been working to keep her mission alive. He was out with deputies Monday spreading the word.
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Franklin said, “The goal of the peace walk is to bring awareness of not only gun violence survivors, the ones who survive, but the ones who lost their lives as well. It often goes unnoticed the aftermath of how family is affected, how friends are affected.”
The Peace Walk will be held at Duncan Park, which is on the corner of Fifth Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. It starts at 2 p.m. There will be resource tables for families and food and games for the kids.