Letcher County stabbing victim's family remembers loved one

WHITESBURG, Ky (WYMT) - Many questions remain for one Letcher County Family still mourning the loss of their loved one. On Wednesday morning, Mike Hogg was stabbed to death in downtown Whitesburg. His family tells WYMT that he was an inspiring person.

In a dvd highlighting Mike Hogg and his Letcher County Central teammates 2007 basketball season, there is this quote about time.

It reads, "it reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again".

Mike Hogg's sister Ashley Cook said that is exactly how her brother lived.

"It was always a hug, you know, every time we were leaving each other and now I am so, so grateful for that," said Cook.

The pictures and the highlights remind Connie Hogg that her son was one of a kind.

"He had a big heart and everybody that met him loved him," said Hogg.

"I am a nurse and I said I would be a much, much better nurse, I would probably enjoy my job much more, if I could care about people as much as he cared about people," said Cook.

His dad Don Hogg said he was like that until the very end.

"The last night we saw him, he come and gave me a big hug and said 'Dad, I love you' and he would never leave the house without telling us that," said Hogg.

The family said Cook's daughter will miss her favorite uncle, who was never afraid to look silly to see her smile.

"He did not care to get on the floor, six foot, two inches and all. Color, you know, play Barbies, cook in her little kitchen, he did not care a bit," said Cook.

It is a memorable trait for such a young man.

"Once you met Mike, you would not forget him," said Connie Hog.

A beautiful thought when you think back to that quote on time, which ends with "what we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived". The visitation for Hogg will be Friday from six to 10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg. The funeral will be Saturday at one.


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