DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A community is still in shock after three people were murdered during a robbery on Friday. Sunday night that community came together to memorialize those who lost their lives, while police continue to search for the shooter.
Hundreds gathered Sunday night in downtown Danville, just a short distance away from the pawn shop where three people were killed on Friday in a deadly robbery. Everyone gathered, from family to community members, to honor the lives lost and to stand together in unity.
From those that never knew the victims, to those who knew them well, this tragedy has touched everyone.
Janice Adams says, "It brings the community together, and that's a good thing."
Brett Benton was the pastor of Michael and Angela Hockensmith. He says, "Just more shock than anything. This is the stuff on the news that you hate to see but you never expect to know the faces."
Pastor Benton worked with the Hockensmiths at Mitchellsburg Baptist. Even he says this is a tough time, but there is a hope to draw from.
"Certainly we miss them, but knowing their heart they don't want us to feel sorry for them because they're living all the promises that we preach about."
Pastor Benton says, "I guarantee that they'd be taken back by it and humbled."
Pastor Bryan Montgomery is another minister in the community. He says, "Instead of running and hiding we're willing to come together and be there for one another to support each other."
As prayers were lifted up for the children and others left hurting, another prayer went up asking for justice.
Justice will take time, and so is the healing process.
Pastor Benton says, "I'm holding on to God's strength because I know he'll get us through it."
WKYT spoke with family members of the Hockensmiths on Sunday night. They didn't want to go on camera, but they say they continue to question why this terrible tragedy happened, and they also couldn't help but note how many people showed up to the vigil. They say they are honored to see the response.
No arrests have been made in the investigation as police have a very limited description to go by.
There is a reward from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.