PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – 8 family members–including a mother and her three teenage children– were all shot execution style in their home Friday. Now, a community shaken to it’s core is learning the names and faces of some of those victims.
Family are in heartbreak and a community is left stunned after eight of their own are shot “execution style” in their own homes some even in their own bed. A female relative is the first to discover two of her family members dead just before 8 a.m. Friday.
You can hear as she describes the gruesome scene to dispatchers.
Caller: There’s blood all over the house.
911 Operator: Okay.
Caller: My brother-in-law is in the bedroom and it looks like they have beat the hell out of him.
The names and dates of birth of the victims are as follows:
- Hannah Gilley, DOB 02/28/1996
- Christopher Rhoden, Sr., DOB 09/17/1975
- Christopher Rhoden, Jr., DOB 11/04/1999
- Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, DOB 08/10/1995
- Dana Rhoden, DOB 08/29/1978
- Gary Rhoden, DOB 12/19/1977
- Hanna Rhoden, DOB 04/07/1997
- Kenneth Rhoden, DOB 03/30/1972
As word began to spread about the murders another call came into 911 just after 1 p.m. Friday.
Caller: I just went in, uh, hollering at him and then checked if he was alright and I and I looked up at him he had a gun shot wound.
Three children were left unharmed: a 3-year-old, a 6-month-old, and a 5-day-old baby. A representative on behalf of the family spoke to reporters Saturday, expressing their thoughts and appreciation.
“The Rhoden Family would like to thank everyone for all the outpouring of prayers and support for their family,” the family rep said. “They ask that you continue to keep them in your prayers.”
In the meantime, authorities are searching for a murder or murders responsible. So far, Attorney General Mike DeWine says they’ve interviewed at least 30 people, but so far no arrests have been made. The family is pleading for anyone with information to come forward.
As investigators search for a suspect or suspects, they’re asking for help from the public. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 740-947-2111.