LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The double homicide that killed Amaya Sandifer in Lexington more than 18 months ago has become a familiar story to many, and on Sunday, family and friends went to Evergreen Memory Gardens to remember her.

Praises filled the air as family and friends unveiled Sandifer’s new memorial.

“This is just one of the many days that we have to push through, and again, just remember that at the end of the day, she meant the world to us,” Shakesha Brown, one of Sandifer’s mentors, said.

A bond was broken and lives forever changed on May 7, 2022, when Sandifer was shot and killed in a double homicide at Lexington’s Green Acres Park.

“But it’s our faith that allows us to go on, and we notice that this is not the end of us; we have a chance to see her again,” a speaker at the memorial said.

Brown said Sandifer was a people-pleaser who wanted to make everyone she knew happy.

“One thing that I’m going to miss about her is her laugh; I can hear it right now. Once you hear it, it’s like it stays with you forever,” Brown said.

Now a picture of Sandifer is placed on a headstone for family and friends, who say she will impact their lives for years to come.


“Her pictures there, so it just lightens up your day because you get to see her beautiful face, but yeah, it’s just knowing that her memory is still here and that she means the most to everybody,” Brown said. “Just to have her life taken at an early age, it really doesn’t register right.”

Brown said that, although Sandifer is gone, she will never be forgotten.

No arrests have been made in Sandifer’s death.