Police: 32 Bullets Used in Murder of Piketon Family, 1 Victim Shot 9 Times

By Andrew Simontacchi, Epoch Times
April 27, 2016 Updated: April 27, 2016

The eight family members found executed last week in Piketon, Ohio, sustained a total of 32 gunshots, according to preliminary autopsy information.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the autopsies were conducted by Hamilton Country Coroner’s Office.

Leaving names obscured, authorities released information of the shootings. One victim was shot once; another twice; two others suffered three; another four; two others suffered five, and one had nine.

The coroner’s office also said several victims suffered bruising.

The April 22 execution-style shootings left 7 adults and a 16-year-old boy dead, all of the Rhoden family; Christopher Jr. and Christopher Sr., Hannah-Giley, Clarence, Dana, Gary, Hanna, and Kenneth.

Five of the eight family members will be buried side by side.

The murders appear to have been pre-meditated and most of the victims were killed in their sleep. Three young children, 3-years-old, 6-months-old, and 4-days-old, were spared. 

No motive has been established, but police are investigating whether drugs were tied to the murders. Marijuana growing operations, too large for personal use, were found near several of the four houses where the Rhoden family was killed; as well as single-caged roosters, consistent with cockfighting.

On April 24, Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine said his office had received more than 100 tips, they had conducted more than 50 interviews, and 18 pieces evidence had been sent to the crime lab for testing.

DeWine asked that anyone with information call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446).