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Vigil held for murder victim

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

They say it's a fitting way to remember a woman who was liked by so many people.

On Wednesday night, those who knew Umi Southworth, who died after being badly beaten, gathered for a vigil in her honor.

The 44 year-old died last Thursday, a day after police found her behind her Lexington apartment.

The vigil was held just yards away from where she was found.

More than a hundred of Southworth's friends, neighbors, and co-workers came to the somber event, which was organized by the Meadowthorpe Avenue Neighborhood Association

Southworth's friends say they want people to remember who she was - a former teacher, an accountant, a good friend and above all - a mother.

"She deserves to be remembered with respect," said neighbor and friend Rachelle Collins, "no one deserves to die like that."

Southworth's husband Donald, and 12 year-old daughter Almira, did not attend the vigil.

No one has been arrested for Southworth's murder.

An investigation has been ordered into how Lexington Police responded the night Southworth was found beaten.

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