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Home being built to honor murder victim

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

A big donation will make it possible for a group to help a needy family in honor of a murdered friend.

Friends and family of Amanda Ross have continued to work to turn her tragic story into one of hope, this time through a Habitat for Humanity home.

The $42,000 in donations needed was reached this week to build Amanda's House, after only a few months of fundraising.

Ross was shot and killed outside her Lexington home in September. Her ex-fiance is accused of her murder.

"Rob Turner is a dear friend of Amanda's and is on our staff as volunteer coordinator," says Lexington Habitat for Humanity's Executive Director Rachel Childress. "He thought of this house and talked to her family and friends and they were supporting it."

Ross was shot to death at her home in September. She had an emergency protective order against her accused killer, ex-fiance Steve Nunn.
Earlier this month, Amanda's Law, named in her honor, went into effect which allows a Judge to issue a GPS device to keep better track of domestic violence offenders.

"That was a big initiative for the legislature this year, and a lot of personal friends of mine were friends of hers, so I think this is great," says Matt Parsons, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

Volunteers say building the house isn't easy, but keeping in mind those being remembered through the home and the family who will eventually receive it makes it all worth the while.

Now that the money has been raised to move forward, groundbreaking is set for October 10th, which happens to be Amanda Ross's birthday.


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