Father of son killed, stepson charged in Alexandria shooting: ’I am lost for words’

Father speaks after 14-year-old son murdered, step-son charged in Alexandria shooting

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - Chris Kemplin, whose son, Devon, was killed Friday in Alexandria, Ky., has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs.

“I have never had to deal with something like this losing one of my kids,” Kemplin wrote on the fundraising page. “It is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with and he didn’t have any insurance (...) we appreciate any help anyone can give thank you and god bless."

The page has a fundraising goal of $5,000.

“It can’t be true. It’s just not possible,” Kemplin told FOX19 NOW. “He was just the happiest kid in the world. He put a smile on every face.”

Devon, 14, died after a triple shooting that also saw 47-year-old Brian Cornelius killed and 37-year-old Derek Johnson injured.

Johnson was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is expected to survive.

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Police responded to North Cottonwood Court on Friday around 3:45 p.m. Hours later, they arrested Richard Fessler, 18, on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with the shooting.

Fessler, Kemplin says, is his stepson.

“Something has pushed him to snap and break,” Kemplin said. “It’s just not him. I think he was pushed to the edge too far in a situation. Something has happened, something is going wrong. I just would like to know. I never pictured none of this, it’s not possible.”

Fessler is due to appear in Campbell County court Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Alexandria police say they are still investigating Fessler’s motive.

“I don’t even know how to feel,” Kemplin said. “I don’t know how to talk about it really. I am lost for words.”

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