Execution Style Massacre Of Eight Family Members May Have Been Caused By Jealousy
The massacre of eight people in a rural neighborhood may have been sparked by a feud over demolition car rivalry, it emerged today.
News of the potential motive came as authorities released the chilling 911 calls that reveal the frantic moments loved ones discovered the bodies eight family members were found shot dead in Pike County, Ohio, on Friday as police still search for one or more shooters responsible.
Police have yet to determine a person of interest who may have murdered members of the Rhoden family.
Members of the family of the slain victims, however, have put forward the theory that jealousy or a dispute over a $3,000 car driven by one of the victims could be behind the murders.
The victims, seven adults and a 16-year-old boy, were found dead at four homes along Union Hill Road, prompting authorities to believe they might be chasing three or more shooters.
The eight victims have been identified as: recent-father and husband-to-be Frankie Rhoden and his 20-year-old fiancee Hannah Hazel Gilley; 22-year-old mother Hanna May Rhoden; grandmother-to-be Dana Lynn Rhoden, 37; 16-year-old Chris Rhoden Jr; 40-year-old Chris Rhoden Sr; 38-year-old Gary Rhoden and 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden.
Frankie Rhoden, 20, who was gunned down with his fiancée Hannah Hazel Gilley,also 20, was said to have spoken about bitterness between him and other competitors.
He had been competed several times in his 1990’s model Ford Crown Victoria car in local derbies and had told of angry rows with other competitors.
He had used his car to ‘smash up’ the vehicles of other drivers, with the last car standing being declared the winner, in several local rallies.
In a 911 call following the shootings, a woman sounded out of breath as she frantically told a dispatcher, ‘I think my brother-in-law’s dead … There’s blood all over the house.’