Store at site of triple murder to close permanently

DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Six weeks ago it was the scene of a triple murder, but this week it's been the center of good will.

Since Monday, many people have stopped by ABC Gold, Games and More in Danville.

It re-opened to sell off merchandise for the children of the co-owners who were killed there in September.

Laughter at a place where nothing but misery existed six weeks ago.

Co-owner Steve Divine says, "This has really touched everybody's hearts."

Divine has seen much generosity in the five days since ABC Gold, Games and More re-opened.

"Probably something that's $15 to $20, they hand me $50 and say we're good."

Whether it's a watch, a surround sound system or odds and ends everything sold is for the children of Micahel and Angela Hockensmith who along with Daniel Smith were killed inside the Danville store.

Divine says, "Had in excess of a thousand people come in, lined up around the corner and coming in. People would hand me money and say, put this in there for the kids."

Everything not sold by the close of business Friday will be sold at an upcoming auction.

Word of the special sale at the thrift store has reached far and wide.

"We've had people come from Cincinnati to Louisville to West Virginia. No word on the amount of money raised. It's been substantial, I'll say that much."

Divine says those planning the auction also donated their services.

The auction at the store will take place on Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 p.m.


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