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Vice Presidential debate items raising money for Danville memorial fund

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---On the campus of Centre College, students have reason to celebrate.

Friday marked a year since Centre was in the national spotlight, hosting the Vice-Presidential debate.

However, as students celebrated with activities to remember the debate, they couldn't forget what recently happened near campus at the Gold, Games and More business.

"It's just tragic," says student Nate Benedict.

Three people were shot and killed inside the business on September 20th, including the co-partners of the store, Michael and Angela Hockensmith, and business associate Daniel Smith.

The Hockensmiths' 9-year-old son hid with his 14-month-old sister and called police.

This week, police arrested a Burnside preacher and a former co-owner of the store, Kenneth Keith, charging him with murder.

"You can't imagine what that 9-year-old was thinking. He had to call police and to have to do that, to be put in that place as a 9-year-old kid, it's devastating. It's heartbreaking," says Nate Benedict.

So, John Minton and the SAE fraternity stepped in to raise money for the Hockensmith family.

Now, they're getting help from school administrators.

"Saying that they wanted to make available all the Vice-Presidential debate leftover memorabilia- banners and posters," says John Minton, who organized the fundraiser.

The memorabilia is from the 2000 and 2012 Vice-Presidential debates, held on Centre's campus.

John Minton hopes this will be of interest to more than just students.

So far, fraternity members have raised nearly $3,000 for the Hockensmith family. They don't have a set goal in mind. They simply want to help the two children any way they can.

They're hoping the authentic debate memorabilia will help encourage people to donate, and to not forget the two children inside the store on the day of the triple shootings.

The two children have been recently staying with grandparents.

"I just wanted to make the fund available to the Centre community and now to the whole Danville community," says John Minton.

If you would like to purchase the debate posters and banners currently being sold, click here.

All of the proceeds will go the Hockensmith family.

You can also donate to the Hockensmith Memorial Fund at any PNC Bank location.

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