Obama honors Ali Kemp's father - KCTV5

Obama honors Ali Kemp's father

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A local father who has touched the lives of 40,000 women received the Presidential Citizens Medal Thursday in the East Wing of the White House.

Roger Kemp is the father of Ali Kemp who was murdered in 2002 at a public swimming pool in Leawood where she worked as an attendant.

Her body, found beaten and strangled, was discovered in a pump room by her father, who held a national publicity campaign to find the killer.

Benjamin Appleby was sentenced to a half century in prison, with no chance of parole for killing the 19-year-old Kansas State student.

Appleby had a pool-cleaning business in the Kansas City area at the time of the killing.

Roger was nominated for his work with the T.A.K.E. Defense program.

Thousands of women have learned self-defense through the program founded after Ali's murder.

"We meet so many wonderful people out there. That is why I give credit to everyone who makes this possible. We don't want another little girl out there, what happened to Ali, to happen to that little girl," said Presidential Citizens Medal winner Roger Kemp.

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