The two had attended Ferguson Baptist Church, where Michael Hockensmith surrendered to the Christian ministry. Angela Hockensmith also sang with the Somerset Community College Choir as well.
Along with being the parents of two children, the couple also hosted an exchange student.
Police reported not long after the murder that a 9-year-old, the Hockensmiths’ son, had called 911 about the murder.
Now, the search is over for the alleged killer. Keith was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Pulaski County and charged with three counts of murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the homicide. Keith was allegedly a minister at Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, and he owned the Gold Rush Gold Buyers pawn shop in Somerset.
And Keith apparently had connections to the Hockensmiths. Keith and Michael Hockensmith reportedly worked with each other, and Michael reportedly came in contact with Keith through church during the couple’s time in Somerset.
“I’m in shock of these developments,” said Dowell, about Keith’s arrest. “With it being another pastor ... just in shock.”
As the investigation unfolded, communities in Lincoln, Boyle, and Pulaski counties stepped forward to help the Hockensmith family — including Andrew, the 9-year-old, and Naomi, 14 months old.
Dowell’s seminar has evolved into “A Night of Hoping and Healing,” a benefit specifically for the Hockensmith children. Dowell has mostly relied on social media to get the word out. He’s directed the more than 6,000 people who are following the “In Memory of Michael & Angela Hockensmith” Facebook page to the event’s page as well.
Several followers of that page expressed their thoughts soon after Keith’s arrest.
“The killer is caught,” posted Tony Hockensmith, Michael’s brother, late Wednesday afternoon.
“Glad to hear there has been an arrest in this case ... they all truly deserve justice!” said another Facebook user.