A Danville pawn shop that was the scene of a triple homicide in September reopened temporarily Monday for a sale that drew an estimated 400 people before noon.
It was a benefit for Andrew Hockensmith, 9, and his toddler sister, Naomi, whom Andrew protected from a gun-wielding intruder before calling 911 from the pawn shop to report that their parents were dead.
Steve Divine, who co-owned ABC Gold Games and More with Michael and Angela Hockensmith, who were slain Sept. 20, was selling off the store's inventory, including tools, appliances, watches, DVDs, knives, collectible vinyl records and comic books.
Some people, Divine said, didn't buy anything but handed him money and said to "put this towards the kids' fund."
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Kenneth Allen Keith, who owned the shop previously, was indicted in Boyle County last week on three counts of murder, one count of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree burglary. Keith, the pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, is accused of killing the Hockensmiths, of Stanford; and gold broker Daniel Smith, 60, of Richmond.
Keith's attorney has told the Herald-Leader that his client is not guilty. The Danville Advocate Messenger reported Friday that new affidavits filed in court showed that a shell casing fired from the same gun that killed the three victims was found at a Somerset pawn shop owned by Keith.
Michael Hockensmith, 35, was a youth minister at a Baptist church in Mitchellsburg. Angela Hockensmith, 38, helped him in the pawn shop. She also home-schooled Andrew. That's why he and his sister, who is just over a year old, were at the store when the robbery and shooting occurred.
Divine said he expected the sale to continue through Friday; after that he will sell what's left at auction. Divine estimated that after he pays utility and other bills, at least 90 percent of the proceeds would go to the children.
Divine said he made that decision because "I considered them family. That's what families do. They take care of each other."
Although the store had been a pawn shop, Divine said the Hockensmiths had operated it as a thrift store since May.
Divine, who owns the building, said he planned to sell it to pay off what is owed on it.
Divine's wife, Lee Ann Divine, said Monday that she and her husband had visited with the children since their parents' death.
"For everything that they've been through, they are doing very well," Lee Ann Divine said. She said Michael and Angela Hockensmiths' families "love them very much. They are going to be very well taken care of."