The details of how these family members were killed is slowly being leaked out. Most of what is being released shows that the person who did this was a professional. Scary thought, isn’t it?
The first graphic witness account of one of the scenes where eight people were massacred has been given to Daily Mail Online.
Car repairman Donald Stone, 44, told how he found the body of his cousin Kenneth Rhoden lying in bed with a single bullet wound to his head.
Stone revealed that Rhoden’s corpse, from its knees down, was strewn with dollar bills which may have been a sinister message from the killer, who police believe could have been a gangland member.
Police are investigating the possibility that a drugs turf war was behind the cold blooded executions and that the killings were the work of gangsters or hired hitmen.
Stone said he was due to have spent the previous evening with his cousin and slept overnight there adding: ‘If I had, I would have been victim number nine. I feel lucky about that and to be alive today.’
He said: ‘Kenneth would normally padlock the camper where he lived from the outside when he left.
‘I was supposed to meet him the night before and go to work on some cars with him in the morning.
‘When I didn’t hear from him I went to the camper and it was unlocked and his truck was outside and I felt there must have been something wrong.
‘It was the afternoon and he would normally be out working on cars at 5.30 am.’
Fighting back tears, he said: ‘There was blood everywhere man. It was something no human should see.
‘A man who was good a man lying there like that, shot dead by cowards. It makes me feel ill when I think about what I saw.
‘Kenneth loved me like a brother. He was always looking out for me and would take me out for food just for my company and he would give me a few dollars here and there.
‘I was going to work with him repairing cars and we had been to a couple of auctions together earlier this month.’
The victim was divorced from his wife Stacie and had two children Luke and Kendra and had maintained support payments for them.
Stone, whose father was the brother of Rhoden’s mother, said he did not know his cousin to ever use drugs or be involved in their production.
‘I never saw him with any drugs, no weed, no nothing,’ he said.
Stone revealed that his cousin owned a ‘ferocious’ pitball dog called Brownie and believed the killer must have been known to him.
‘Brownie is a ferocious dog Kenneth had for protection. He was a guard dog.