Authorities have released that the killings of the 8 family members was a well planned execution, not just a random act of violence. Reasons for the shooting may be connected to the large marijuana plant close to the families property. Check out the details.
The execution-style murders of eight Ohio family members Friday were “methodical and well-planned,” officials said Sunday, revealing the investigation had uncovered three marijuana growing operations — while also warning residents who felt they were in danger to “to be armed.”
The deceased were found on four rural Ohio properties, shot to death. Most were apparently sleeping when they were killed. Three young children — including a 4-day-old infant — were also found unharmed at the crime scenes.
“This was a preplanned execution of eight individuals,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “It was a sophisticated operation. And those who carried it out were trying to do everything they could do to hinder the investigation and their prosecution.
“This is not your case where someone got mad at somebody else, shot him, there’s a witness, two witnesses. It’s a very, very different kind of case.”
Authorities have not yet named a suspect and have yet to say how many people may have been involved. They said none of the victims died from a suicide.
All the victims were members of the Rhoden family: 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his 16-year-old son, Christopher Rhoden Jr.; 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; 38-year-old Gary Rhoden; 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden; 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; and 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden.