Oct 28, 2013 11:31 PM
ABC Gold, Games and More opened its doors for the first time Monday since three people were shot to death in the Danville store.
Nearly a thousand people showed up as the store re-opened temporarily for a sale benefiting the children of two of the shooting victims.
"Mike and Angela touched a lot of people's lives and this is a way for them to show their gratitude of help with the children," said Steve Divine, who owned the store with Michael and Angela Hockensmith. The Hockensmiths' client, Daniel Smith of Richmond, was also killed in the shooting. Pulaski county pastor Kenneth Alan Keith is charged with three counts of murder.
While plenty of people emptied the store's shelves, Divine says it's the generosity of those who didn't buy anything that he found overwhelming.
Nine year-old Cordell Brooks used the money he earned doing chores to give back to the Hockensmith kids.
"I gave another dollar for them," said Cordell. "To help the family and the friends and all the family."
Cordell and his mom, April, drove to Danville from Casey county to shop the going out of business sale. They showed up later in the day and were greeted by empty shelves and hooks, a sight she was happy to see because it meant so many people were willing to help.
"It's hit home to so many people. It's touched so many people's hearts and I think it's just wonderful what they're doing to help the family out," said April.
The store will remain open the rest of the week before it's sold to a new owner. The store will be open daily from 9am to 5pm.
If you can't make it to the store, donations for the Hockensmith memorial fund can be made at any PNC bank.