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Tragedy hits close to home

policecrimelinePatricia Beech – News Democrat

Residents of Adams and Pike Counties were left shaken Friday when news of a horrifying mass murder shattered the notion “that things like that don’t happen here”.
The “execution-style” killings that left eight members of the Rhoden family dead across four homes in Pike County grabbed headlines around the world as the national press descended into the village of Piketon.
According to Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, seven adults and a 16-year-old boy were shot in the head at four different crime scenes. Attorney General Mike DeWine said most of the victims were found in their beds. DeWine and Reader identified the victims as Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Dana Rhoden, 37; Christopher Rhoden Jr. 16; Hanna Rhoden, 19; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Hannah Gilley, 20; Gary Rhoden, 38; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

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