Family of murder victim loses NKY home in weekend blaze

Family of murder victim loses NKY home in weekend blaze
The Whalen-Mockbee family is without a home after a blaze burned through their house on Sunday. (Source: Provided)

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - The family of a local murder victim is now in search of a place to live after a fire destroyed the inside of their Fort Mitchell, Ky. home.

The fire happened Sunday night after, according to the Whalen-Mockbee family, someone left a lit candle unattended. Now the inside of the home has to be gutted, they say, turning it uninhabitable for at least the next four months, maybe longer.

Currently the family is staying in a hotel, according to a GoFundMe page set up for them.

“Somebody said last night that God only throws at you what you can handle, and God must really think a lot of this family,” Duggin George, a relative, told FOX19 NOW. “There’s been so much much thrown at their way.”

“We’ve been through a lot worse and we’re all ok,” Carli Mockbee said. “That’s what’s important.”

Carli lived in the house with her sister, father and grandfather. She is the daughter of Michelle Mockbee, whom authorities say was murdered by a coworker in 2012 at the plant where she worked.

Family members say they were able to save photos of Michelle from the blaze.

“I mean, that’s huge,” George said. “Those are rarities that you just can’t lose.”

The family says they also found Michelle’s ring when they went back in to look for it Monday.

“The women on my mom’s side of the family have a pink sapphire ring, and I inherited my mom’s when she passed away,” Carli explained.

She says it’s a miracle they found it. The ring was on her headboard, she says, and wasn’t destroyed by the water damage or debris. The only marks left by the fire were some smoke stains and ashes, and Carli says they were able to clean them off.

“It was definitely a sign from her when we found it,” Carli said.

She adds the family is hoping to move back into the same house Michelle grew up in. George thinks they’ll be able to.

“It’s inspiring to see how they stand up and march right through it," he said.

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