Johnson Co. killings: Grieving man who lost daughter and ex-wife shares story

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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - “This is so special, that’s her and her mother right here.”

Bob VanHoose looked at memories of his daughter Lindsey and ex-wife Patty just days after Joseph Nickell killed them and two others Saturday in Johnson County. He says he is struggling to figure out why someone would take their lives.

"Patty, she was a good person," VanHoose says, "She had the best heart, and she didn’t have problems with anybody. Lindsey was a good little girl. I loved her to death."

Police say Joseph Nickell shot Lindsey and Patty to death Saturday at an apartment in Paintsville. Those shootings came right after Nickell opened fire on his parents, Arlene and Wayne Nickell, at a home in the Volga community, killing both of them.

"When you have that kind of loss it’s just so hard," explains VanHoose.

Investigators say Nickell attempted to kill his 19-year-old son and fired at least one shot at him, but he was able to get away and call for help.

"My heart goes out to all the people that have to experience anything like this. It’s so dreadful and awful," says VanHoose, "It just devastated me."

Organizers have set up an account to help pay for funeral expenses for the VanHoose family at Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville. the family says Lindsey leaves behind three children and was about to become a grandmother for the first time.

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