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Yard sale in Pulaski County to raise funds for beating victim

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT)- They call him a miracle to survive what he did…but they say his life may still never be the same again.

“He’s going through rehab..learning to walk again,” said Tracey Bruner, the grandmother of Derek Kissee’s five year old daughter.

Kissee was found buried beneath rocks at the old Hanson limestone quarry July 16th. Police say his attacker meant to kill him. They’ve charged Jason Gambrel of Science Hill with his attempted murder and robbery.

“He is a miracle. God was definitely on his side. God has a purpose for that child,” said Bruner.

But until then…he’s facing an uphill battle of recovery while his family questions how they will pay for it.

“I’m not asking people for money. I’m asking for their unwanted items for sale,” said Bruner.

American Standard Brands on Ky. 3057 is hosting a yard sale Saturday.

“It starts at 7 a.m., we will stay here until everything is gone,” she said.

His family calls Kissee a hard worker who simply wanted a good life for his 5 year old daughter….a little girl who doesn’t understand where her daddy is.

“I can’t tell her what happened. It would crush her. She actually asked me if Jesus took him home..took her daddy home,” she said.

Kissee is being cared for now at an undisclosed location in Lexington while Gambrel is in jail..waiting for his next court date August 11th.


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