Marijuana Linked to Murders?

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Recently, the state of Ohio witnessed a tragedy. A total of 8 family members were brutally murdered. The family consisted of 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr, 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden, 20-year-old Hannah Gilley, 20-year-old Clarence Rhoden, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden, 38 year old Gary Rhoden, 40 year old Christopher Rhoden, Sr. and 44 year old Kenneth Rhoden. 

Although all members of the Rhoden family, these murders happened in various locations. 7 of the victims were discovered in three different homes on the same road in the city of Peebles which is around 70 miles away from Cincinnati, meanwhile the last victim was found later on in a nearby city called Piketon. It appears that some of the victims were shot in their sleep, as a few were found in their bed. One victim was found with a 4-day old baby by her side. However, all of the young children, 4-day old baby, 6-month old baby and a 3-year-old, were found unharmed. The city of Peebles was in great shock over this tragedy, being a small community of 1,782 citizens according to the 2010 census, “When one hurts, we all hurt,” stated the wife of a pastor at Union Hill Church, Sharon Fulton.

The bodies were discovered by different relatives of the family. Investigators recently released the actual phone calls that were made when the bodies had been discovered. One call was made by a woman who sounded winded and frightened, sharing with the operator about blood being sprawled all over the house, "I think my brother-in-law's dead. There's blood all over the house,” she stated while crying and also shared that there was the possibility of another person had been killed as well. While at another house, a man made a 911 call stating, "I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound." The dispatcher went on to ask if his cousin was alive to which he responded no.

Marijuana grow operations were discovered at three of the locations according to the Ohio Attorney General. However, it is not yet known if this could be related to the murders. They have still been unable to determine a motive or locate a description of any suspects. Attorney General Mike DeWine stated, "These were pre-planned, pre-meditated execution-type killings. Four different homes. A case like this is going to take some time." He believes that the suspect or suspects must have put forth a lot of effort in order to keep from getting discovered, including removing evidence that would have allowed them to be tracked by the police. However, the police have received over 100 tips and are working to follow up on each and every one. Jeff Ruby, a businessman from the Cincinnati area has decided to pitch in by offering an award of $25,000 to anyone who has information that will lead to the finding of the murderer. Perhaps this will motivate more individuals to step forward and help solve the mystery of this tragic event. 

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