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Shop Re-Opens Following Triple Murder

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 10/27/2013 11:37 pm

ABC Gold, Games and More has been closed since the morning of September 20th when three people were gunned down inside.

A grand jury indicted Kenneth Allen Keith with the killings of store co-owners Michael and Angela Hockensmith and their client, Daniel Smith.

According to a published report in the Danville Advocate Messenger, affidavits filed by the lead investigators in the triple murder show a shell casing fired at the business was found at the Somerset pawn shop owned by Keith.

Keith has pleaded not guilty.

The Hockensmith’s two young kinds were inside the Danville store when their parents were killed.  They weren’t harmed.  Steve Divine, the store owner, plans to re-open the stop to help them financially.

“In some round about way hopefully this will effect to help them out with any financial needs that they would need in the near future,” said Divine.

He plans to sell of all the remaining merchandise Michael and Angela bought for the store to sell.  Most of the proceeds will go to a memorial fund for their children.

Divine says it was a tough and bittersweet decision to sell the store but it will help him cope with the loss of his two good friends.

“You either sit and swell up and quit or you get up and you take a step to the future and you know go on,” said Divine.

The store officially re-opens Monday at 9 a.m. and will remain open through Friday.  Divine will decide at the end of the week if he needs to keep it open longer before selling to building too.

He says with the re-opening of the store, he hopes it will help the community heal.  

“It’s also an opportunity for the regulars who come in each week same time, same day, to come in and have, I don't like the word closure but a lot of people use it, have some closure,” said Divine.

The store will officially reopen Monday at 9am. Devine said he will decide after about a week if he wants to auction off the rest of the store's contents or continue operating the business until everything sells out.


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