Somerset fundraiser honors murder victim

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) -- Becky Coppola couldn't help but feel a rush of nerves as she prepared for her chocolate tasting party Tuesday night.

"I'm just getting ready to watch and see how the community comes out to support our family," she said just moments before the guests arrived.

Coppola put a lot into the event as she was ready to serve up more than just the chocolate sweets laid out on the table.

"This night is in honor of Angela (Hockensmith) and the career she was going to start and the success she was going to have. So it's all for her," she explained.

Coppola and Angela Hockensmith were supposed to start working on getting Hockensmith trained to host her own shows. That was just before Hockensmith was murdered in a robbery attempt in Danville.

"I would rather her be here with us than to be honoring her," said Coppola.

The guest of honor, Charlene Worley, wishes that as well.

"It means a whole lot to know how much people cared," expressed Worley, Hockensmith's mother.

In a time filled with worry and anxiety for some kind of justice, Worley said she is finding strength and support in more ways than she could imagine.

"Love prevails through good and bad. Love prevails. Love overcomes a multitude of sin," said the victim's mother.

This night is a key example.

"I'm just amazed at so much love that's been shown," Worley added.

Already Coppola has raised several hundred dollars for the Hockensmith family, but when it comes to this kind of love and support it's not about the dollar amount.

"I'm just sort of I guess in awe at so much compassion. Thank you all so much," said Worley.

"That's all I want is for them to know how much everybody loves and supports them," expressed Coppola who went on to say she isn't done, either.

Coppola said for each order she receives through the end of this week (October 5th), she will donate those proceeds to the Hockensmiths. If you missed the Tuesday night event, Coppola said you can still place an order with her online at

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