The Rhoden family has gone through something horrible leaving only three survivors. Eight members of the family living in a rural area in southern Ohio were shot and killed Thursday night. The murders appear to be very much on purpose aimed at the Rhoden family rather than opportunistic.
According to authorities, the victims were killed at four different locations, and the victims were all shot “execution style,” most in their sleep. Due to the circumstances of the killings, CNN reports that the Pike County Sheriff’s office is giving protection to the remaining members of the Rhoden family.
Sheriff Charles Reader said,
“We have a specific family that’s been targeted but I don’t think there’s been a threat to any other members of the community… I’ve given the family precautionary measures to make. They know we’re available.”
The victims were seven adults and one 16-year-old male. One mother was shot next to her 4-day-old baby, who survived, as well as a 6-month-old and 3-year-old child.
The small rural area where the murders took place only has a popular of about 2,000 people and is set in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. It is currently unclear if there was one perpetrator or more but the sheriff’s office has not released the names of any suspects. However, they have told civilians should consider any potential suspects armed and dangerous, warning people to lock their doors. A statement from the family reads:
The Rhoden family would like to thank everyone for all of the outpouring of prayers and support for their family… They asked that you continue to keep them in your prayers. They want to thank all of law enforcement from Pike County and surrounding counties for their immediate response – especially sheriff Charlie Reader, the Pike County sheriff – for all of his hard work.
The Ohio Gov. John Kasich responded to the case on Twitter: