Killings of 8 Relatives Shock Rural Ohio Community

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- Residents of a rural Ohio community expressed their shock as police continued searching for a gunman who fatally shot eight relatives "execution style," including a woman as she was lying in bed with 4-day-old baby.

Seven of the victims were found Friday in three homes along the same road in Peebles, a small village east of Cincinnati. The eighth victim was found later than the others in nearby Piketon, officials said.

Officials said Saturday the victims were all members of the Rhoden family.

Sharon Fulton, the wife of a pastor at the Union Hill Church, said some of the victims used to go to their church and that she was in contact with the victim's family.

In this town "everybody knows everybody, almost," she said. "When one hurts, we all hurt."

Fulton said people living in the village "work for what they have."

"They don't have much because the jobs are scarce around here," she said of Peebles, which had a population of 1,782 at the time of the 2010 census.

Fulton said the shootings were shocking "because you don't hear that around here. It's something you don't hear of, especially with one family."

"It's sad," she said. "We know the grandparents ... they're around our age. ... What if that was my family? I don't know how they're handling this."

Some of the victims appeared to have been killed in their sleep and were found shot to death in their beds, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. One victim, who appeared to be a mother, was killed lying in bed with a 4-day-old baby, he said.

 Three young children -- the 4-day-old baby, a 6-month-old baby and a 3-year-old -- were found unharmed at the various shooting locations, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said.

Officials said Saturday the investigation is "still in its early stages."

While residents of the county "should not panic," they should "be careful," said DeWine. He said authorities have interviewed more than 30 people, though he declined to characterize any of them as "persons of interest."

"There are different theories that we're looking at," he said.

Agents with the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) were leading the ongoing investigation at the request of Pike County Sheriff's Office, officials said. Numerous other law enforcement agencies from nearby counties were offering support.

"This is a devastating time for a family," Reader said at a news conference Friday, noting the crime had shocked the rural community.

"We've never had a shooting with eight victims," he said. "We'll find who did this."

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Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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