Mourners attend funeral for Ashley Kline
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 04:46:59 AM CST
Family members of a disabled woman who was tortured to death are looking to change the law to protect others who suffer from disabilities.
Police say Ashley Kline, 23, was abducted from her home in Robesonia, stabbed several times, and then set on fire while she was still alive.
Kline's funeral was held Wednesday evening.
And while the crime has broken the hearts of so many loved ones, it has not broken their spirit.
A petition has already been put on Change.org demanding that state lawmakers pass a law titled Ashley Kline's Law.
It would require harsher penalties for those who commit violent crimes against people who are physically impaired or disabled.
"When found guilty, anybody that is charged with a crime against somebody that suffers from a disability will be given the harshest consequence possible," said Gianna Weller, the victim's cousin.
State Senator Judy Schwank told 69 News that she has spoken with her solicitor about this issue and is working to move it forward.
Ashley's parents say their 23-year-old daughter had the mental capacity of a 15-year old because she had lead poisoning as a child.
They say this made her more vulnerable to predators. Now, they say Ashley Kline's Law is needed now more than ever.
"To prevent any type of acts of violence like this, or anything in the future, a law like this needs to be put into place," said Weller.
Ryan Schannauer of Spring Twp. and Adam Lynch of Reading have been charged with homicide in connection with Kline's death. They're in the Lancaster County Prison.
Click if you'd like to sign the petition for Ashley Kline's Law.
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