Family of murdered woman receives special award

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - They've turned a tragic loss into something that can encourage others.

Wednesday night a Kentucky family received a special award for their work.

In June, police say 31-year-old Sarah Roberts Hart was murdered while jogging in Russell County.

She was pregnant at the time, and police later made an arrest in the case.

Since her death, Hart's family has kept her memory alive by raising money for a scholarship named after her.

It's the second year for the 'Most Encouraging Kentuckian Award.'

And this time around, the recipient's story is not what is encouraging. It's what they did in light of what happened to one of their own.

Hart's family did what they say God would want them to do. They rose above the tragedy to give back.

"If they can move forward, then anybody can move forward. If they can do what they've done, then we can do anything," said Eric Marr, the award's organizer.

The family says everything they've done, including building a scholarship fund with more than 75,000 dollars, has been in honor of Sarah and her life that was cut too short.

"Just overall, she cared for everybody above herself. And I think that is something we are trying to do to keep her legacy alive as well," said Elizabeth Roberts, Sarah's sister.

The family says they are humbled by their community's support despite how hard the past couple weeks have been during the holidays without Sarah.

"We're only able to encourage others because we have a pack of people behind us encouraging us as well," said Sarah's sister. "And I think what's the important thing is that we have people who believe in us."

They say the award is just another way of remembering Sarah.

"That's what this is all about is her. And I want to keep it that way. It's all about her," said Wendell Roberts, Sarah's father.

Several of the family members traveled from Russell County to Lexington to be there for the special night.

Christopher Allman is the man charged with the murder of both Sarah and her unborn child.

Allman will stand trial in late September of next year.

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