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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Fort Thomas Shooting Victim Alisha Waters

Survivor Ride for Alisha/Facebook

Northern Kentucky communities continue to rally their support for Alisha Waters, the 32-year-old victim of the deadly shooting at 20 N. Grand Ave. in Fort Thomas last August, with a motorcycle ride scheduled for next month.

The Survivor Ride for Alisha will raise funds to aid in Waters continued recovery as well as raise awareness of domestic violence.

Waters, who was shot five times by her estranged husband before taking his own life, was left paralyzed from the neck down. Family and organizers hope the proceeds from next month's benefit can go toward a wheelchair accessible vehicle, among other needs.

"Alisha is a true fighter," the group's Facebook page reads, "not only for herself but for everyone facing domestic abuse."

The group hopes raising awareness of Alisha's story, and others like her, will fix what they call "vague" laws in Kentucky surrounding the issuing of emergency protective orders (EPO) and domestic violence orders, meant to protect potential victims from dangerous or potentially dangerous family members.

"Neither the EPO or DVO take in [sic] consideration cyber-stalking, text messaging, and/or emails," the group says. "The goal is to bring Kentucky into the 21st century and force them to recognize that one can be abused by technology.

It was learned weeks after the shooting that Waters had a protective order against her husband.

The ride will take place on July 5 at the Ludlow VFW, at 1310 Highway Ave., and the cost to participate is $10 ($15 for coupled riders). There will also be an after-party, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW, with a silent auction featuring items donated by local vendors.

Organizers are still taking donations from local vendors/sponsors.

For more information, contact Steve Hall, at (859) 462-8220. You can also check out the group's Facebook page.

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