Franklin County

Vigil set for immigrant who died in custody

A candlelight vigil to mark the three-month anniversary of the death of a Salvadoran immigrant in custody at Franklin County jail is scheduled for Friday.

The vigil for Ana Romero is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21, at the Franklin County jail, 400 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort.

The vigil will emphasize the need to find a speedier resolution to her case and comfort her family, according to a press release from Justice for Ana Romero and the Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Romero, who was being held at the Franklin County jail, was slated to be picked up and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. On Aug. 21, the night before ICE authorities were to pick her up, she was found hanging in an isolation cell.

A state police investigation concluded that Romero committed suicide. However, the Franklin County coroner and commonwealth's attorney are investigating the case.

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