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Update: "Kari's Law" petition reaching new heights

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Update:  Support of an online petition called "Kari's Law" is growing by the minute, with word of the mission now reaching across the world.

"I never dreamed that it would get what it's gotten now," Hank Hunt, organizer of the petition and Kari Hunt Dunn's father, told us.

Hunt explains Kari's 3 children were nearby when she was attacked inside the Baymont Inn and Suites in Marshall on December 1st. The mission stems from Kari's oldest daughter, 9 years old, trying to call 911 for help.

"But she didn't know to hit 9 first, so all she got was static. And she just kept saying it wouldn't work it, wouldn't work. She said Papa I dialed 911 and nobody answered. And I told her you did what you were suppose to," Hunt said.

He's having a tough time, placing the blame on his own shoulders.

"Children follow instructions and she did. And it didn't work. We failed her is what we did," Hunt said.

He wants to get lawmakers attention so that when you call 911 from anywhere, you'll get a dispatcher right away.

"Don't know if that would have saved my daughter. Don't know that it wouldn't have," Hunt said.

Word of Kari's Law has reached places like Atlanta, the UK, and more importantly Congressman Louie Gohmert's office.

"That's just an American approach when you have a tragedy, to want to make sure something good comes out of it," Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) said.

Gohmert said he's researching how to update phone systems, which will require heavy technical assistance.

"We're going to get it done, we just have to find the most effective and least expensive and painful way to get that done," Gohmert said.

As of Thursday, the online petition at change.org had more than 5300 signatures. See the previous story below for a link to sign the petition.

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KYTX-- An online petition is gaining traction through social media, hoping to collect enough signatures to catch the attention of East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert.

The movement comes after wife and mother Kari Dunn was stabbed to death in a Marshall motel room Dec. 1 in front of her children.

Her estranged husband, Brad Dunn, is being charged with the 31-year-old's murder. Read the previous CBS19 story about the case here.

Now family members are asking the community to support the "Change It for Kari" petition, which would change the way people in motel and hotel rooms dial 9-1-1 in emergency situations.

Organizers say that Kari's oldest daughter, age 9, tried to dial 9-1-1 when her mother was being attacked, but was unable to because she didn't know to dial 9 first. They want lawmakers to have the systems updated to accept 911 as an emergency call, and be connected automatically to emergency dispatch and to begin using the number"8" for and "outside" line.

You can find a link to the entire petition here.

So far the petition has reached a milestone of 1500 signatures and is getting the word out through Facebook.

We've tried to reach Congressman Louie Gohmert about the petition, and received no comment.

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