Centre donates debate memorabilia to help murdered couple's kids

DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - In just a few days, students at Centre College raised thousands of dollars for the children of Mike and Angela Hockensmith. Now with help from the school, they hope to keep that number rising.

"I guess it just dawned on me and I started thinking about those two kids," says student John Minton.

Centre students spent a couple of hours on lockdown after the September 20 shooting that killed the Hockensmiths and gold buyer Daniel Smith at ABC Gold, Games and More in Danville.

These students say during the lockdown, they thought about the people involved and how they could help.

"We just threw together a fundraiser hoping to do a little bit of good," says student Alex Mulhall

The early fundraiser sent $3,000 to the Mike and Angela Hockensmith fund, but a donation from Centre College is expected to send that number even higher. The college handed over all of their banners and posters from the 2000 and 2012 Vice Presidential debates. This historical memorabilia is now for sale and all of the money is going to help the Hockensmith's children.

"It's a huge opportunity for anyone who wants to own a piece of Danville and Centre history," says Mulhall.

You can check out the items being sold on Centre's website at http://centre.edu/vpdebate/

On Wednesday, Danville Police Kenneth Keith for the murders. He is a pastor in Somerset and we're told he knew all three victims.

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