Holding on to Hope

Contributor: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 9/22/2013 11:54 pm

Police continue their search for whoever shot and killed three people in a Danville pawn shop Friday.

Angela and Michael Hockensmith were part-owners of ABC Gold, Games and more.  About 9:00 Friday morning, police got a call from their nine-year-old son saying the store was being robbed.  Police found Angela, Michael and Daniel Smith, a customer, all dead inside the shop.

The Danville community has come together during this tragedy to support the victim’s families and each other.

Sunday night hundreds of people, some who knew the victims, some who did not, gathered outside the Boyle County Court House for song, prayer and encouraging words to remember the victims. 

“Waking up everyday it's like was it a dream, was it a nightmare? And then reality sets in and it’s just a living nightmare,” described Pamela Carpenter who was cousins with Angela Hockensmith.

Vickey Bradshaw didn’t know any of the victims but she came out to show her support for the family.

“My heart is broke for what happened and there are two innocent children who don't have a mom or dad and I just want the community to know that my God is still alive and well,” said Bradshaw. 

Tim Lucas moved to the Danville area about a year and a half ago.  He described the unity the Danville community has had in the past there days.

“It's been awesome to see that through tragedy, God has brought people together,” said Lucas.

It’s that unity and love that helps the families of the victim’s heal.  

“To know that Angie and Mike touched so many lives, that helps us get through this,” said Carpenter. 

Donations can be made at any PNC Bank to the Mike and Angela Hockensmith Fund.

Their viewing will be Tuesday at Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset. It opens to the public at 4:00 p.m.   The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., also at Southern Oaks Funeral Home and it is open to the public.

Police are looking for a white, heavy-set man in his 40’s wearing

 

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