Kari Hunt Dunn was stabbed to death by her estranged husband in a hotel room in Marshall, Texas in December 2013 as her children watched.
Her daughter, then age 9, tried to call 911 four times. But the hotel's phone system required guests to dial "9" to access an outside line, and the girl didn't know that.
Three years ago, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Kari's Law, requiring businesses to allow direct access to 911 service. Now, a national version of Kari's Law has reached President Donald Trump's desk.
Congressman Louie Gohmert of Tyler, a bill co-sponsor, released a statement Friday after H.R. 582 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Kari’s Law is on its way to the President’s desk to be signed into effect. Our children should be able to dial 911 and get help on the other end of the line in a hotel or in an office. Now they can. My heart goes out to Kari’s father, Hank.
"What a fitting day for Kari’s Law to pass," Gohmert said. "[On Friday] Kari would have been 36 years old. Happy birthday, Kari. Your legacy lives on.”
Hank Hunt continues to advocate easier access to 911 service.