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Sep 23, 2013 11:01 PM

Centre College Student Organizes Fundraiser For Murder Victims

Students at Centre College in Danville are raising money to help the family of Friday's triple murder.

"In a town as small as Danville is, when something like that happens it's magnified a lot more. It's felt throughout the whole community," said junior, John Minton who organized the fundraiser. "I just wanted to get involved. "

Minton said when Centre College was locked down Friday following the shooting, he wasn't sure what to make of the murders. But it occurred to him a few days later that he wanted to help.

"To be honest, it didn't really hit home with me until Sunday. I was sitting in the church pew and I just started thinking about the story, the shooting, the two kids, the 9 year old having to call 911 and losing his parents and it just really hit me then," said Minton who recruited his fraternity brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon to help raise money for the "Mike and Angela Hockensmith Memorial Fund." The husband and wife owned ABC Gold, Games and More and were shot to death along with business client Daniel Smith of Richmond. The couple's nine year-old son and 14 month-old daughter were in the store at the time, but were not harmed. Their son was the one who called 911. Money raised will help cover funeral expenses and care for the couple's young children who are now living with grandparents.

Donations will be accepted outside Cowan Dining Commons on Centre's Campus during the lunch hour between 11am and 2pm until the end of the week. Donations can also be made directly to the "Mike and Angela Hockensmith Memorial Fund" at PNC Bank.

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