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Vigil planned for murder victim

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Police have still not made any arrests for the murder of a woman who was found badly beaten behind her home.

Umi Southworth was found outside her Meadowthorpe Avenue home last Wednesday night. She was taken to UK Hospital, where she died Thursday.

Police say she was hit in the head with a piece of wood.

Lexington Police say they have no suspects, and no persons of interest, in this murder investigation.

Lexington Police are also conducting an internal investigation into just what happened the night her body was discovered.

When Southworth was found by police in the bushes behind her apartment building, police originally thought she was dead as soon as they got there.

But several hours later, the coroner determined Southworth was still alive.

Police say they're investigating to see why it took five hours for that determination to be made.

Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin released a statement Friday saying the department is reviewing the incident from all aspects to see if there was a personnel or policy failure.

If one is found, Chief Bastin says appropriate action will be taken.

Police say they will not comment on the internal investigation while it's ongoing.

As the investigation continues, those who knew Southworth are planning to come together to honor her.

The president of the neighborhood association says an candlelight vigil is being planned to remember Southworth.

It will take place Wednesday night at 9 on Antique Drive.

Joe Collins, the Neighborhood Association President, says he chose that street because the field on the road backs up to the area where police found Southworth.

Collins says he's never been a part of a vigil before but says he felt the need to do something.

Collins says he hopes it will encourage neighbors to continue to watch out for one another.

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