Tullahoma murder victim’s mother dies at Chattanooga hospital

Tullahoma murder victim's mother dies at Chattanooga hospital (Image 1)

The mother of a 24-year-old nursing student whose burned body was found along a roadway in rural Franklin County last July has died.

Kelly Sharpton passed away Friday at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga at the age of 47, the Tullahoma News reported.

Her cause of death was not immediately released.

Kelly previously told Nashville's News 2 after Donnie Jones Jr. pled guilty to raping and murdering her daughter Megan, she was going to concentrate on keeping her memory and story alive.

“She was given to me for a reason,” she said. “Her life had value and it's my job to speak for her and make sure it continues to be.”

Kelly Sharpton is survived by her parents, fiancé and two children, among other family members.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is in charge of her arrangements.

The family has requested donations be made in honor of Kelly to the Southeast K9 Rescue in McEwen, Tennessee or to the Nursing Program Scholarship Fund at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma.

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