Kansas Governor Honors Slain KU Law Student

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State lawmakers and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius next month mark International Women's Day by honoring a Kansas woman who lost her life to domestic violence.

University of Kansas law student Jana Mackey was killed by her ex-boyfriend July 3 in Lawrence. The 25-year-old Mackey was known for her work on women's issues.

Sebelius has signed a proclamation recognizing March 8 as Jana Mackey Day in Kansas. She's also being honored in the Kansas Legislature.

Mackey, who grew up in Hays, volunteered to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and served as a lobbyist for the National Organization for Women.

After Mackey was slain, her family and friends launched a national campaign to help her service live on through others called Eleven Hundred Torches, so named for the number of mourners at her funeral.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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