Slain Navajo girl remembered 1 day after Trump signs bill expanding Amber Alert
April 14, 2018 10:02 PM
WATERFLOW, N.M. – Just a day after President Donald Trump signed a bill to expand Amber Alerts to tribal land, family and friends of Ashlynne Mike came together to remember her life.
Ashlynne was 11 years old when she was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation in 2016. Because the Navajo Nation didn't have an Amber Alert system, there was a delay getting one issued for her.
Her killer, Tom Begaye, was sentenced to life in prison last year.
"It is important because native nations need to be at the table, especially when it comes to emergency communication," said Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Crotty.
Hundreds of people from all over the Four Corners spent Saturday celebrating Ashlynne’s life. The memorial consisted of a 5K run, bike race, a visit to her school and presentations on safety awareness.
"It is wonderful to have this Amber alert available to all the native nations across the United States,” said Gary Mike, Ashlynne’s father. “But it is also bitter in knowing it had to come in our lives; to have something like this happen to our child to open the eyes of people."
While the loss of Ashylnne will forever weigh heavy on the hearts of many in the Four Corners region of the state, her life now represents hope for a safer future.
Updated: April 14, 2018 10:02 PM
Created: April 14, 2018 09:16 PM
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