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Family members of Pike Co. shooting victims release statement

Family members of the eight people killed in the Pike County Friday released a statement thanking the community for their support and asked anyone with information to come forward.

Relatives of eight family members shot dead at homes in rural southern Ohio are thanking authorities for their response and asking people to come forward with any information they might have about the killings.

Kimberly Newman, a member of the Ohio Crisis Response Team, delivered a statement from the family to reporters gathered Saturday down the road from some of the crime scenes.

Reading from the statement, Newman said the relatives would like to thank people for their prayers and support as authorities work to determine who targeted the clan on Friday and why.

“The Rhoden Family would like to thank everyone for all the outpouring of prayers and support for their family. They ask that you continue to keep them in your prayers. They want to thank all law enforcement from Pike County and all surrounding counties for their immediate response – especially to Sheriff Charlie Reader, the Pike County Sheriff, for all his hard work. They’d like to thank the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, his staff, BCI agents, all EMS services and first responses. Special thanks to the Pike County victim advocate David Dickerson, and the victim advocates responding from surrounding counties. They would like to give a special thanks to the Ohio Crisis Response Team for their care and support. They ask that everyone be respectful of their family, of their loss at this time. And they also have a plea to anyone who has any information in this matter to call 1-855-BCI-OHIO."

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