CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The family of a woman accused of killing her father said they are not angry with her, because she is mentally ill.
77-year-old Kenneth Younce died in his own home in Carter County on Wednesday, January 28th. The former constable was shot in the chest at point blank range with his own gun.
Younce’s family and friends gathered at his brother’s home Thursday night, to flip through photos and remember their dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.
“He was a dear friend to everybody,” said Happy Valley Principal, Bernie Young. “Not just to me.”
Young has known Kenneth Younce for over 20 years, and said Younce spent many hours at Happy Valley High School watching kids play baseball.
“Every kid down there loved him,” said Young. “They’ve all asked about him.”
Younce was shot and killed at his home on McKeehan Ridge Road Wednesday night by his youngest daughter, Sonya Babb.
Younce’s oldest daughter, Donna Orndoff, was in the home when it happened.
“The horror of that…I will never be able to get over that,” she said. “He was taken so fast.”
The Carter County Sheriff’s office charged Babb with first degree murder.
Court documents revealed she told investigators she did it to get back at her father for things she said he did in the past.
But Orndoff said her sister is mentally ill, and has been for months.
“I love Sonya,” said Orndoff. “I have nothing against her. But that’s not Sonya. She would never do that in her right mind.”
Now, the family is trying to cope with the loss.
“I know we will get through it…somehow,” said Orndoff.
Despite the sadness they feel today they have peace.
“We miss Kenneth,” said Young. “But we know where he is …and that is a positive for all of us.”
Babb will be arraigned in Carter County Court Friday, January 19th at 9:00 a.m.
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