Danville shootings victims include former Woodlawn Baptist youth minister

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By Stephen Lega

Three people died in a shooting in Danville Friday morning. Two of the victims — Mike and Angela Hockensmith — have been identified so far.

Mike Hockensmith was a former youth minister at Woodlawn Baptist Church. He recently became the youth minister at Mitchellsburg Baptist Church in Boyle County.

“They are good, good Christian people,” said Lee Ann Divine, who also attends Mitchellsburg Baptist. “They were wonderful parents. You couldn’t ask for two nicer people.”

Divine (the former Glasscock Elementary principal) and her family’s connections with the Hockensmith extended beyond church, however. Divine’s husband, Steve, and Mike Hockensmith were the co-owners of the pawn shop ABC Gold, Games and More, where the shooting occurred.

Divine said her husband normally goes to the store daily. Today, however, his allergies have been bothering him, and he decided to stay home after taking some medicine.

She said when she heard about the shooting, it took a few tries before she was able to reach her husband. She added that she went to Danville to make sure someone was looking after the Hockensmiths’ children.

The Danville Advocate-Messenger reported that the children are 9 years old and 14 months old. The Danville paper also reported that a 9-year-old called 911 after the shooting. (To read the Advocate-Messenger’s reporting, follow this link: http://goo.gl/6pmhm4.)

Divine said the 9-year-old is home-schooled. The foreign exchange student is attending Lincoln County High School.

The Hockensmiths children were taken to child protective services, and Divine said she stayed with them today to make sure they were OK. She added that the children’s grandparents have been contacted.

Divine said Mike Hockensmith was a wonderful minister.

“He was just like a youth magnet,” she said. “He could act like a teenager himself.”

Divine added that both of her sons had attended youth ministry activities with Mike.

She continued to say  that her oldest son, Brooks, had worked in the pawn shop over the summer. (Brooks was a two-time state champion pole vaulter at Marion County High School, and he is now a track athlete at the University of Kentucky.)

She said the shooting is a tragedy, and it will probably sink in more at church that the Hockensmiths aren’t there.

“Two beautiful children lost their parents today,” Divine said.

Memorial fund

Divine said the church has established a memorial fund for the family.

Donations can be made at PNC Bank in Danville or at First Southern Bank in Stanford.