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Father of triple murder victim says he's praying for killer

DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Despite everything his family has been through, Duke Lewis says he doesn't hate the man who killed his son and daughter-in-law. He says if he is watching, he wants the killer to know he's in his prayers.

"It leaves an empty void, but we still have him in our heart," Lewis told WKYT.

Minutes after burying Michael and Angela Hockensmith, Michael's father says he knows they are still with them. He also says the love the two had for their children will carry on.

"They loved their kids more than anything in the world, they gave their life to protect their children," said Lewis.

The Hockensmiths were shot and killed Friday morning at their Danville thrift store, ABC Gold Games and More. Their 9-year-old son and infant daughter were inside the building. A third man, Daniel Smith, was also killed.

Police are still searching for the shooter.

"It's not me to judge him, I can't judge him, I just pray for this man that God would touch his soul, that would help this man, he's out there somewhere, may be watching this may not, but we don't hate no one and we pray for them all," Lewis told us.

Michael worked as a youth pastor, Angela sang at their church. Lewis says that extended church family has offered help during this ordeal.

"It's overwhelming the support for these two children," Lewis continued.

A fund has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses and to help the Hockensmith children. It can be accessed at any PNC Bank.

Earlier this week, Danville Police said they are looking for a white man with a stocky build in his 40's, possibly 50's, last seen wearing a green army-style jacket. They believe he left the area in a silver or gray van.

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