Lawmakers push for new alert system following Ashanti Billie's murder
ARLINGTON, Va. (ABC7) —
Tony Billie sleeps with his daughter Ashanti’s photo by his bedside every night.
Police say Eric Brown kidnapped and murdered Ashanti.
The 19-year-old was reported missing in September, when she didn’t show up to work on the military base where she worked.
Looking back, Ashanti’s dad wished he had a way to quickly alert the public that she was missing.
“My thing is if anybody come up missing, we should have that willing desire to find them. Look for them,” said Tony. “I look at the recent case with Jholie Moussa, that was devastating, to know that she didn’t meet a criteria.”
Virginia Del. Jay Jones is now pushing for a bill that would create an adult version of an amber alert, which would be called the Ashanti Alert.
“The bill is keeping her alive, so she is still alive with us,” said Tony. “We know that this is a process that’s going to take some time, but we’re patiently waiting. The end result is that we’re helping others.”
The bill is still progressing through the general assembly.
Tony and Ashanti’s mom created the Ashanti Billie Foundation, click here to learn more about the organization.