Community reacts to triple shooting and suicide Friday’s shooting not only affected four families, but an entire community. We talked to folks in downtown Jenkins about what some call the worst crime in recent memory.
In the city of Jenkins, news travels fast, and there was no exception for the news of Friday morning's triple murder and suicide.
Community member, Sue Dean said, “I heard it about 5:45 this morning, and it just broke my heart.”
Hair stylist Becky Fleming says several customers asked about it.
“Do you know them? Do you know what happened? And unfortunately, no one knows what happened, and at first no one knew names. We just heard by rumors who it was,” said Fleming.
Dean said the news of the incident affected the tone of the entire day.
“This morning when I was driving in, I was telling the people in the van with me, that you could feel a kind of a gloom over the town today. It's hit everybody hard,” said Dean.
And that was the feeling for most of the town, especially for those who knew the victims personally, like Yetta Collier who works at the Double Kwik in town. She knew victim 31-year-old Amy Ratliff.
“She came in here all the time. She came in here yesterday, and she's a very lovely girl. I know her mommy. I know her whole family. It's just so sad,” said Collier.
Some say they are now worried about their own safety.
“When it's in walking distance of your house, you're like oh my goodness. It's really, really scary,” said Fleming.
Jenkins is a tiny community on the Kentucky-Virginia border.