Peyton Hurt’s father speaks about her choice to be an organ donor


MELBER, KY — Chaney and Amy Hurt are trying to find peace after their 15-year-old daughter was shot and killed at a party. It happened on Saturday night in Ledbetter, Kentucky.

“It’s an unnatural kind of suffering that comes with losing a child,” Chaney said. He said Peyton died from a head injury after she was taken off of life support on Sunday.

At their home, they are looking at her life in art. “I love that one,” Chaney said, moving paintings around in her room.

Her parents see memories painted all over the canvasses. “My wife and I decided we probably learned more from her than she did from us,” Chaney said.

Everywhere you look, you see something of their daughter’s. Chaney said he talked about trying to reach his daughter that night, but he couldn’t get a hold of her. He called around. He even called local law enforcement. When he called Kentucky State Police, they sent officers to his home.

“They explained to us what had happened and that it was terminal. We just started calling family. We called for help, and our family showed up,” he said. “We started this process of what was best for Peyton and what was her wishes.”

In front of him on the coffee table, Chaney had a medal no parent wants, but it’s an honor to have —a Gift of Life donor medal.

Organ donation was something Chaney’s dad was signed up for, but wasn’t healthy enough to do. Chaney even talked about it with Peyton. “She said that would’ve been wonderful if he could’ve, and I said ‘Anybody can, honey, if something happens to them,” he explained. “She said ‘I would. I would like to do that,’ and I said ‘Maybe we won’t have to worry about it, honey.'”

Chaney tells us six of Peyton’s organs were donated, and her liver was split for two donations.

“We’re going to miss her a lot. This has affected a lot of people, and we’re just grateful through the organ donor process that a lot of people are going to get help.” Cheney said. As they pull together pieces of her life, her parents know more people will live because of her.

If you would like to help the family out, click here to see the GoFundMe page for the family.

Tyler Jones is charged with murder in the teen’s death. He’s in jail, with bond set at $1 million.

His fiance, Alexis Johnson, faces a charge of hindering apprehension in connection to the shooting. The police report said that Johnson gave false statements to police to protect Jones.

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