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Friends, customers pay respects at scene of pawn shop homicides

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DANVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Danville Police are still looking for a suspect after three people were shot to death at a pawn shop on Friday. 

The Danville Police department says the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering $10,000 reward in this case.

The pawn shop where they were gunned down is all boarded up now.

The co-owner tells WDRB he'll be closing the store for good, some time next week.

He's planning on having a sale to get rid of everything.

He says the money will go to the kids, who've been put in their grandparent's custody.

Customers stopped by one last time Saturday, to pay their respects. 

"I just told them rest in peace. That's all I can do. I mean we can't bring them back," said Rosie Vaughn, a customer and friend of the victims.

In Danville, where the water tower reads "quite simply the nicest town," a makeshift memorial has taken the place of crime scene tape at ABC Gold, Games & More.

"I figured it would close eventually but not this quick," said Vaughn.

Two men and one woman died during a robbery at the store Friday.

Authorities identified two of the victims as the co-owners, 38-year-old Angela and 34-year-old Michael Hockensmith.

Also killed was 60-year-old Daniel Smith, who was inside at the time.

Police say they were shot to death.

"They're going to be really missed by the community and everything. It's really sad," said Vaughn.

Police say the couple was inside with their 9-year-old son and 14-month-old daughter at the time of the robbery.

Friends say the 9-year-old boy picked up his little sister and hid with her in the closet before calling 911.

"They have to grow up without a mom and dad now. And the 9-year-old, he's never going to forget it," Vaughn said.

Police are still looking for a suspect, described as a heavyset white male, 40 to 50 years old, who was wearing a camo jacket at the time of the crime.

"You don't know if you should stay home or go out or whatever you know. It's dangerous, knowing he's still on the loose and they haven't found him," she told WDRB.

The shootings temporarily put local businesses and schools on lockdown Friday, including Centre College.

Whitney Kinkel and her husband are visiting their son for family weekend.

She says they were alerted of the situation through social media.

"We got good information and we talked to them later last night and his input to us was it was very professionally done. There was even one tweet that said students, grab your parents and get them in the buildings, so it was just very effective," said Kinkel.

While campus life goes back to normal, others in the community continue to grieve.

"The small community this is, you would never expect anything like this," concluded Vaughn.

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