One of the victims of the massacre in Pike County, Ohio, on April 22 was found lying in bed, covered with dollar bills from his knees down.
After hearing news about the killings of various family members at other homes in the area, Donald Stone went to the house of his cousin, Kenneth Rhoden, to see if he was OK.
"All this stuff that's on the news I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound," Stone told a 911 dispatcher, reports USA Today. "I just went in and was hollering for him, checked in to see if he was all right, and I looked up and he had a gunshot wound."
The victims were identified as Hannah Gilley, Christopher Rhoden Sr., Christopher Rhoden Jr., Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, Dana Rhoden, Gary Rhoden, Hanna Rhoden and Kenneth Rhoden.
Kenneth was fatally shot with a single bullet to the head. As numerous dollar bills were thrown around his legs, Stone believes this was a cynical sign from his cousin’s murderer.
"A man who was good a man lying there like that, shot dead by cowards," he said. "It makes me feel ill when I think about what I saw."
Stone said he was supposed to spend that night with his cousin at his house.
"If I had, I would have been victim number nine," he told the Daily Mail. "I feel lucky about that and to be alive today."
Although marijuana grow operations were found at three of the four murder scenes, Stone said he had never known his cousin to be involved with drugs.
Stone believes the murderer is someone who knew Kenneth well, due to the relationship he had with his “ferocious” pitbull, Brownie, which served as a guard dog.
"When I dialed 911 after finding him, the police couldn't go in because Brownie was barking so angry at them," Stone explained. "They asked me to get him and calm him down and that to me means that the killer knew Kenneth and knew his dog, otherwise he would have barked a lot or attacked him."
Detectives say the investigation will be a “lengthy” process,” and more than 200 officers are working on the family’s case.
"Nothing ain't going to bring him back, but he was a nice man who was good to everybody who knew him," Stone said. "I hope that they catch the killers soon and if anybody knows anything, they should tell the police."