Crime

Family Is Threatened On Facebook Before Being Murdered

| by Sheena Vasani

Officials revealed that before a family of eight in Ohio was brutally murdered on April 22, their lives were threatened on Facebook.

"I'm aware of the Facebook threat," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, reports CBS News. "Every piece of information is valuable and our investigators are certainly taking that into consideration."

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The threat specifically targeted Christopher Rhoden, Jr., who was shot to death along with seven of his family members while most of them were sleeping.

"I think my brother-in-law's dead," an unidentified woman said while calling 911, before adding that somebody "beat the crap out of them."

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"I think they're both dead," she added.

The victims’ ages range from 16 to 44, with two of the eight killed being teenagers.

One of victims, 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden, was reportedly sleeping with her newborn baby when she was killed. Two other infants were also nearby when the family members were killed, although the babies were not hurt.

Police are currently looking for the suspects.

"We do not know whether we're talking about one individual or two or three or more," DeWine said.

Now both neighbors and the rest of the Rhodens are terrified.

"People are scared to come out," Courtney Boyer said. "What if that person who shot all those people is running around here. You don't know who it is. Or what they're capable of doing?"

Meanwhile, friends of the family mourn their loss.

"If you were having a bad day, [Hanna would] be the first one to come up to you to question you about what was going on," Kendra Jordan said. "She was amazing."

"Everyone knows that family, you can't not know that family," she added. "They're involved in everything, and they're at every event that's going on in town. Just about see them anywhere you went."

The community is now trying to offer whatever support it can.

"We're just doing everything we can to reach out to the family to show them love and comfort," said Phil Fulton, the pastor of local Union Hill Church.

Sources: CBS News (2) / Photo credit: JohnTFloyd.com