8 family members slain ‘execution style’ in Ohio mass murder

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An Ohio community is in shock after eight members of one family were found dead, shot in the head “execution style” while they slept.

The killer, or killers, are still at large and considered very dangerous after the mass murder in Pike County, police said, according to WBNS-10TV.

One teenager and seven adults were found in four homes in the county, according to Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader. Three children under three years old survived.

The victims, all members of the Rhoden family, did not appear to have killed themselves according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and some were shot in bed, including a mother laying next to her newborn baby, according to WBNS.

“It’s heartbreaking,” DeWine said. “The one mom was killed in her bed with the 4-day-old right there.”

More than 30 people have been interviewed by authorities who urged the community to stay indoors and lock their doors.

A 911 call before 8 a.m. Friday led police to two bodies. Five more were found after deputies checked two nearby homes and the seventh was discovered in a separate home later that afternoon, reported WLWT.

Though no motive was clear at this time and information had not been released about the weapon or weapons used, Reader believed the Rhoden family was targeted. Cincinnati FBI has offered the Pike County sheriff’s office any assistance it may need as it continues to monitor the situation.

Ohio’s Governor John Kasich, on the presidential campaign trail, posted a message on his Twitter account.

Watch the video report via WBNS below.

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