Community Mourns Loss Of Native Killed In Lexington Flood Waters


This weekend's severe weather killed eight people across the state including one Eastern Kentucky native. 25 year old Lauren Brooke Fannin of Martin County was getting out of a cab in Lexington this weekend with her friend Lindsay Harp, when both were pulled down into the rushing water.

It has been a traumatic week for those in the Inez community of Martin County. Not only have they had to deal with Lauren Fannin's death Saturday, but a double murder last Tuesday gripped the town as well.

Heavy storms have swept across the state this weekend, but in the town of Inez, it seems like a dark cloud has been hanging overhead for more than a week.

"It's just been really sad in this community. Seems like the weather has gone along with the mood," said Fannin family friend JoAnn Stepp.

Just last Tuesday, Inez was gripped with fear as a suspect ran loose for several days after allegedly shooting three people, killing two.

Friday night, Lexington's rain and storms were just as harsh to Inez, taking 25 year old Inez native Lauren Fannin with them.

"She was a free spirit, very happy person." said Pastor Paul Schmidt of the Inez First Baptist Church.

For Fannin, community members say the life she had in front of her held so much promise. A graduate of Sheldon Clark High School, Fannin attended Georgetown College before going to pharmacy school at U.K.

"We were very proud of her accomplishments," said Pastor Schmidt.

Even though the rains continue to hit Inez and the rest of the state, the community knows those clouds can't last forever.

"But you know, the sun broke out for about two hours," Stepp said.

And in Inez, people say the sun will shine again.

Right now visitation for Lauren Fannin is scheduled for 6pm Monday night at the Inez Baptist Church with the funeral tentatively scheduled for 1pm Tuesday.


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