Clover Hill Community Raises Money for Kim Family

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Clover Hill community is coming together one month after the Dry River store shootings.

Store owner Jae Kim is in critical condition and his wife is dead. People in the Rockingham County community hosted a benefit to help the Kim family pay for Jae Kim's medical bills.

Paul Kim, Jae's son, shared his father's progress. Kim says his dad is slowly getting strong enough to get out of critical condition. Kim is thanking everyone for the support.

"I can't thank you enough for all the support and all the prayers they offered my dad you know and my mom as well," said Paul Kim.

As the Clover Hill community gathers to support the Kim family, Paul Kim and his sister say they're touched by all the work.

"People have come forward and just, it's been phenomenal," said Melanie Eye, an organizer.

Melanie Eye helped organize the benefit, which included a dinner, along with local bands and performers. Organizers say money from all of it, from donated baked goods to auction items is for the family.

"Words cannot describe how thankful I am and how appreciative I am to this community," said Paul Kim.

As Jae Kim recovers in the hospital, Paul Kim is trying to re-open the Dry River store.

"Paperwork and the people to meet, vendor partners and all that. But we are getting close," said Kim.

"That would be awesome. There's probably a little bit of hesitancy in the community, but I think this is probably helping bring them together and see that we support one another and we're not going to stand for things like this in our community," said Eye.

As the community gathers together to support the Kim family, deputies in Rockingham County are continuing to follow leads, but they haven't charged anyone at this time. Those who knew the family are hoping for answers soon.

"I guess they're doing all that they can to find who did this and bring them to justice," said Eye.

"I do get frustrated but you know I believe in them, so I hope for the best outcome to come," said Kim.

Benefit organizers say they raised about $3,000 based on what they've counted so far on Saturday.

Kim is hoping to open the store by April. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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