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SOUTH SHORE, Ky. – Amid extra security, a funeral has been held for one of eight people shot in rural southern Ohio in what authorities describe as a cold-blooded massacre targeting one family.
The gathering Thursday in South Shore, Kentucky, for 38-year-old Gary Rhoden is the first of three planned funerals for the victims. A funeral home says the Greenup, Kentucky, man would be buried in South Shore, across the Ohio River from Portsmouth.
Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati.
The funeral for a 20-year-old mother who was killed is scheduled for Saturday. A service for the other six victims is planned for Tuesday at a church in West Portsmouth.