Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Hundreds of Pot Plants Found Where 8 Were Killed

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Hundreds of Pot Plants Found Where 8 Were Killed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four days after the calculated killings of eight people in rural Ohio, a prosecutor revealed Monday that marijuana was found at some of the crime scenes, including a grow-house sheltering hundreds of plants. The victims - all members of an extended family - were fatally shot in the head, including the young mother of a newborn baby sleeping beside her early Friday morning. That baby, another infant and a toddler were spared.

"It wasn't just somebody sitting pots in the window, Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk told The Columbus Dispatch.

The prosecutor did not immediately respond to multiple requests from The Associated Press for comment.

The victims were remembered on Monday as loyal and caring people as more than a dozen counselors, clergy and psychologists arrived at the local high school to help friends and neighbors handle their grief.

Dana Rhoden, who was killed along with her three children, her ex- husband, and three other relatives, "always wanted what was best for her kids, Scioto Valley Local School District Superintendent Todd Burkitt said Monday.

The youngest victim, Christopher Rhoden Jr., was a 16-year-old freshman at Piketon High School, which has just 530 students.

"He was the first one that if he thought that someone wasn't being treated fairly or felt like someone wasn't being treated appropriately, he would speak up about it, Burkitt said.

The teen's siblings - 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden and 20-year-old Clarence "Frankie Rhoden - also had attended the school.

All eight autopsies have been completed, the Attorney General's office said Monday. Authorities have released no details about a motive, but the office did confirm Monday that one of the victims had received a threat via Facebook.

At a news conference on Sunday, Attorney General Mike DeWine called the killings "a sophisticated operation, and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said citizens should assume that those responsible are armed and dangerous. …

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