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Murder victim’s family campaigns for change after 911 call fails

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The family of a Texas murder victim wants changes after a young child's call to 911 to save her mother didn't go through.

Police in Marshall say Kari Hunt Dunn was stabbed to death by her estranged husband on December 1st inside an East Texas hotel room.

"She was a sweet thing and always will be. As far as I know I was her favorite uncle," said Rex Hunt while holding on to a picture of Kari.

Hunt says Kari's 9-year-old daughter was taught to call 911 in an emergency which is what she tried to do. She just didn't know she needed to dial 9 first to get an outside line.

Kari's daughter eventually found help down the hall and someone else called 911.

"She told him I think my daddy is killing my momma," said Hunt.

In her honor, Kari's family launched an online petition for Kari's Law. The law would require hotels and motels to get rid of dialing any number before 911 making it easier to reach emergency services.

"If they want to dial 911 it should go straight through," said Hunt from his Austin home.

In a short time more than 400,000 people have signed the petition. Hunt says his family is overwhelmed by the support from the community, especially his brother who started the petition.

"She's looking down on us. I know she appreciates what we are doing," said Hunt.

There are no exact numbers available on how many hotels or motels still require guests to dial 9 before reaching an outside number. Hunt says it is a problem and one that his family didn't even think of before Kari's death.

"It's really bad that we have to take a loss to make this happen but we're going to make it happen," said Hunt.

The Wyndam Hotel Group which owns the property where Dunn was killed says it is looking into the issues that have been raised in the petition.

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