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Grant Co. woman killed in hammer attack remembered as 'compassionate'

Posted: 2:21 PM, Oct 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-02 17:34:21-04
Woman killed in attack was 'compassionate'
Woman killed in attack was 'compassionate'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. -- A woman who died after a family member attacked her with a hammer is being remembered by friends and family as one of the most loving and caring people they have known.

Kimberly Montgomery, 48, was attacked on Sept. 18 by a family member with a ball-peen hammer, police said. She was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and died in the hospital on Sept. 28.

Police arrested 42-year-old Joey Montgomery in the attack. Multiple witnesses told officers the attack was unprovoked.

Tuesday, Montgomery's friends and family came together to remember the positive person she was.

Montgomery was a food service worker at Dry Ridge Elementary, and her colleagues at the school remembered her as an "encourager." They also said how she was the first person to greet the students, and how she was always there with a hug and "a big wet kiss with her signature purple lipstick."

"We want people to remember her positivity," said Christie Boone, a lifelong friend of Montgomery's who came back to the area from West Virginia. "Kim would have done anything for everyone, was a very caring and compassionate person and always wore a smile on her face."

Boone said Montgomery lived her life to make sure everything was the best for those around her, and in death, Montgomery is no different.

She was an organ donor and within 12 hours of her death, her organs saved three lives.

"I don’t think there’s anyone who has come in contact with her that won’t feel a void," Boone said. "She was the type of personality that everyone wishes they had in them; we were all blessed to have her and be able to know her and know the feeling."