Franklin County

Family unaware of any potential threats against advocate who was killed

The Franklin County commonwealth's attorney said Tuesday he was not aware of any problems victim's advocate Tomma Graves may have had on her job before being fatally shot.

Ms. Graves, 37, of Frankfort, was found dead Monday morning inside a pickup truck in a parking lot at the 300 block of Washington Street in Frankfort.

"I'm not aware of anybody making any threats or conducting any threatening behavior," Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

On Tuesday, Frankfort police asked that anyone with information about the shooting contact them. Police declined to say how long Ms. Graves might have been in the truck.

Her brother, Jamar Hall, said Ms. Graves spent Friday night at her grandmother's home in Frankfort, then left Saturday morning.

Hall said he tried to call his sister Saturday but her phone was turned off, which was unusual.

"I just kept calling and calling," he said. "I knew something was wrong."

He said he did not know where his sister had planned to go when she left Saturday morning.

Frankfort police Maj. Fred Deaton could not say whether Ms. Graves' death may have been related to her job as an advocate for domestic violence victims.

Ms. Graves had worked with the commonwealth's attorney's office and with the county attorney's office since 2007.

Cleveland said she had recently bought the truck in which her body was found. He said the truck was found in an area where Ms. Graves liked to park when she went downtown. Cleveland said a nearby church uses the lot on Sundays, and it seemed odd that someone wouldn't have noticed the truck there.

Frankfort police are asking that anyone with information about the case call them at (502)875-8523. Anyone who wants to give information to police anonymously may call Frankfort/Franklin County Crime Stoppers at (502) 875-8648 or go to www.frankfortcrimestoppers.com.

Ms. Graves was a graduate of Kentucky State University and Franklin County High School.

In addition to her brother, she is survived by her son, Eiveer; daughter Eihlyn; mother, Ramona White; father, Thomas Graves; grandmother, Tillie Hall; and two sisters, Tracey Woodard Rankins and Tomeka Jacobs.

Smith-Jackson Funeral Home in Danville is handling funeral arrangements. Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 100 Clinton Street, Frankfort, where she was a member. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m.

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