BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - While Robin Smith recovers from her injuries at UT Medical Center, she's also left to deal with the loss of her father and brother. That's all while trying to make some sense of this tragedy.
“It’s still such a shock, how someone has the heart to do a family like that," says Robin Smith, as she recovers from a gunshot wound.
A nightmare has become a reality for Robin Smith, 21, as she tries to cope with her loss from a hospital bed. Her father, Michael Smith, 50, and her brother, Mychael Smith, 21, were both shot and killed after a surprise attack.
Robin was also shot in the back, while trying to protect her young nephew.
“He’s not even two [years old] yet. I grabbed my nephew, and when I was running out the door, he shot me,” says Smith.
Police say former Knox County Judge Executive, Raymond Smith, shot all three victims at their home in Bell County.
Robin believes her father was ambushed when he answered the door. She says her brother tried to save her by trying to fight off their attacker, while Robin ran outside.
“He gave me and my nephew time to run and hide,” she says.
Robin says Smith tried to follow the blood trail left from her injury, but when he couldn’t find her, he left. That’s when she called for help, but realized it was too late for her family.
“I made my way on back to the house. I saw my dad and brother dead,” says Smith.
Police say Raymond Smith left the home in Bell County, drove to his father's grave in Knox County, and shot himself. He died at the hospital a short time later.
Robin says she used to have a relationship with Raymond Smith. Although she says it was never serious, police believe Smith was angry over how the relationship ended, and that's what lead to the shootings.