Lexington woman dies after being gunned down on her front porch

By: Jerrika Insco, Mark Barber Email
By: Jerrika Insco, Mark Barber Email
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Fayette County coroner says 23-year-old Amanda Franco died from multiple gunshot wounds. Friends say the mother of two was sitting on her front porch on Race Street when she was gunned down Saturday afternoon.

Tanya Hepburn tells us she heard five gunshots before finding Franco barely breathing outside her home.

“I could actually see her eyes and it was like she was taking her last breath," said Hepburn.

Franco’s death marks Lexington’s 11th homicide so far this year.

Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson says in many of Lexington's recent homicides, witnesses have given police conflicting information or have been afraid to come forward, making it hard for police to catch the killers.

"We're in the posture of having to deal with people being afraid to talk and we have to overcome that if we're going to beat down this killing,” said Larson.

We've learned through court documents that Franco was on house arrest after being charged with trafficking cocaine and possessing drug paraphernalia last month.

"This victim was involved in high risk activity and that in itself led to this victim's being victimized," said Sgt. Pete Ford of the Lexington Police Department. He said the general public shouldn't feel threatened.

Henry Smoot, a man who has owned a business on Race Street for 50 years, believes drugs are fueling the criminal activity in the area.

“The neighborhood is just getting worse and worse every day. It didn't used to be that way. Everybody looked out for one another and you could leave and everything would be in its place. Now you have to lock everything up," said Smoot.

Over the past few weeks, four people have died from gun violence in Lexington and eight other people have been wounded.

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