Pike County shooting victims: A closer look at the 8 who died

Published: Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 5:30 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 5:07 PM

A look at the eight victims of what Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine called the “execution style” murders at four locations in Pike County on April 22:

Hannah Hazel Gilley, 20

Date of birth: Feb. 28, 1996

Marital status: Engaged to Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden

Parents: Raymond Gilley and Andrea Shoemaker Carver, neither of whom were involved in the shootings

Children: One six-month-old male, Ruger Lee Rhoden, who survived the shootings

Occupation: Self-employed

Education: Attended Northwest High School in McDermott, Ohio

About Hannah: Hannah Hazel Gilley was the mother of the six-month-old boy who survived the Pike County shootings. In high school she participated in 4-H and was on the homecoming court. During an interview for the homecoming court, she said her favorite hobbies were riding four-wheelers, going “mudding,” and hanging out with friends. At that time, Gilley said she planned to go to college, obtain a business degree and open a daycare. Her burial place is Hackworth Hill Cemetery in Otway, Ohio.

Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20

Date of birth: August 10, 1995

Marital status: Engaged to Hannah Gilley

Parents: Dana and Christopher Rhoden Sr., both of whom died in the shootings

Siblings: Christopher Rhoden Jr., and Hanna Rhoden, both of whom died in the shootings

Children: A son, Brentley Rhoden, age 3, mothered by Chelsea Robinson, who was not involved in the shooting, and another son, age six-months old, mothered by Hannah Gilley, who died in the shooting. The children survived.

Occupation: Maintenance at Big Bear Lake Family Resort and McCoy Lumber

Criminal history: One assault charge from July 2015 was dismissed, according to Pike County court records

Education: Studied welding at Pike County Career Tech Center; Attended Piketon High School, class of 2012

About Frankie: Frankie Rhoden was engaged to Hannah Gilley, and the two were the parents of a six-month-old boy. He also fathered a three-year-old boy, who survived. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed demolition derby and his prized 1990s model Ford Crown Victoria, according to his social media accounts.

As with several members of the Rhoden family, Frankie at some point worked at Big Bear Lake Family Resort, according to Facebook. An unnamed employee who answered the phone there declined to discuss his responsibilities, if any, at the resort, saying, “We need to take care of mourning.”

Christopher Don Rhoden Jr., 16

Date of birth: Nov. 4, 1999

Parents: Dana and Christopher Rhoden Sr., both of whom died in the shootings

Siblings: Hanna Rhoden and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, both of whom died in the shootings

Occupation: Summer laborer at Big Bear Lake Family Resort

Education: Freshman at Piketon High School

About Christopher: Christopher Don Rhoden Jr. was the only minor killed in the Pike County shootings. Like his brother, Frankie, Christopher worked at Big Bear Lake Family Resort. An unnamed employee who answered the phone there declined to discuss his responsibilities at the resort, saying, “We need to take care of mourning.”

Christopher Jr. was a freshman at Piketon High School. “He was the first one that if he thought that someone wasn’t being treated fairly or felt like someone wasn’t being treated appropriately, he would speak up about it,” Scioto Valley Local School District Superintendent Todd Burkitt told the Associated Press.

Rhoden was also close with an older cousin, Gary Rhoden, as the pair died together in the home. “My nephew was laying one way and Gary was laying over his legs, shot three times in the head, Gary was. The rest of them, I don’t know,” said Gary’s father, Kenneth Rhoden.

Hanna May Rhoden, 19

Date of birth: April 7, 1997

Marital status: In a relationship with Cory Holdren since October 2015, according to social media

Parents: Dana and Christopher Rhoden Sr., both of whom died in the shootings

Siblings: Christopher Rhoden Jr. and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, both of whom died in the shootings

Children: Two children. Sophia Wagner, who was not present during the shootings and was fathered by Jake Wagner, and one four-day-old daughter, Kylie Rhoden, who survived the shootings

Occupation: Certified Nursing Assistant

Education: Unknown

About Hanna: Hanna May Rhoden was the mother of two children, including a four-day-old girl. Rhoden said about herself on Facebook, “I had a pretty rough start but have came out on the better side. I’m beyond happy of where I am today.” Her favorite quote, according to Facebook, was “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”

Dana Lynn Manley Rhoden, 37

Date of birth: August 29, 1978

Marital status: Divorced from Christopher Rhoden Sr.

Parents: Leonard Manley and Judy Reno, both of whom survive and were not involved with the shootings

Siblings: Two sisters, Bobby Manley, who placed the initial 911 call to police, and Kathy Clay

Children: Hanna Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden Jr., and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, all of whom died in the shootings

Occupation: Nurse

Education: Unknown

About Dana: Dana Lynn Manley Rhoden was the type of woman who would “give you the shirt off her back,” according to her father, Leonard Manley, who spoke with NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell.

At age 16, Manley married 19-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr., on Oct. 18, 1994. She was a student at the time. Her first child, Frankie, was born in August 1995, while daughter Hanna was born in April 1997. She had another child, Christopher Jr., in November 1999.

Five months after giving birth to Hanna, Rhoden earned her nurse aide license. She worked at Hillside Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation for about six months, according to Jennie Elliot, director of nursing.

“She had a heart of gold and was extremely giving and excellent at what she did,” Elliot said. “It was nothing for her to bring in food for all the staff that was working, or bring in gifts.” Elliot said her staff wanted to give condolences to her family, including her three grandchildren whose parents were also killed.

Dana and Christopher Sr. divorced in 2007. On Facebook, she listed her relationship status as “It’s complicated” since April 1, 2015.

Christopher Don Rhoden Sr., 40

Date of birth: Sept. 17, 1975

Marital status: Divorced from Dana Lynn Rhoden

Parents: Clarence Rhoden, who proceeded Rhoden in death, and Geneva Stone

Siblings: Survived by Brady and Tony Rhoden. Preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Steven Rhoden, who was not involved in the shootings, and another brother, Kenneth Rhoden, who died in the shootings

Children: Hanna Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden Jr., and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, all of whom died in the shootings

Occupation: Laborer

Education: Unknown

About Christopher: Christopher Don Rhoden Sr. was married 16-year-old Dana Lynn Manley when he was 19. While the couple would later divorce in 2007, they apparently remained close. The two had three children, Hanna Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden Jr., and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, all of whom died in the shootings.

Rhoden’s 1994 marriage certificate lists his occupation as a laborer. At one time Rhoden and brother Kenneth Rhoden worked at Crownover Lumber, but a manager there recently said the pair hadn’t worked there since 2007. He also held seasonal jobs at Great Bear Lake Family Resort, where other members of the Rhoden family worked, too.

Rhoden’s best friend, according to his obituary, was his cousin and fellow homicide victim Gary Rhoden.

Much of the property where the killings occurred were owned by Rhoden.

Gary Dwayne Rhoden, 38

Date of birth: Dec. 19, 1977

Marital status: Unknown

Parents: Kenneth Rhoden (current wife, Ruth) and mother, Mae Diane Stewart Leadingham (current husband, James), none of whom were involved in the shootings

Siblings: James Rhoden and Kenny Rhoden, both of Kentucky and neither of whom were involved in the shootings

Children: None known

Occupation: Self-employed

Education: Unknown

About Gary: Gary Dwayne Rhoden was born in Ashland, Ky., and was a resident of Greenup, Ky., at the time of his death in Piketon, Ohio. According to Rhoden’s father, Kenneth Rhoden, he was a hard worker who used to help out on the tobacco farm in Kentucky, where the family had its roots.

“He was just a hard worker,” Kenneth Rhoden said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back. … He liked to fish, hunt, stuff like that.”

Gary was apparently close with his younger cousin, Christopher Rhoden Jr., as the pair died together in the home.

“My nephew was laying one way and Gary was laying over his legs, shot three times in the head, Gary was. The rest of them, I don’t know,” said Gary’s father.

Rhoden’s best friend was his cousin and fellow homicide victim Christopher Rhoden Sr.

Kenneth Wayne Rhoden, 44

Date of birth: March 30, 1972

Marital status: Married in 1991

Parents: Clarence Rhoden, who proceeded Rhoden in death, and Geneva Stone

Siblings: Survived by Brady and Tony Rhoden. Preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Steven Rhoden, who was not involved in the shootings, and Christopher Rhoden Sr., and ex-sister-in-law Dana Rhoden, both of whom died in the shootings

Children: Three children; a son, Luke Rhoden, and two daughters, Tajianna Mead and Kendra Rhoden, none of whom were involved in the shootings

Occupation: Worked at US Utilities

About Kenneth: Kenneth Wayne Rhoden was the older brother of Christopher Rhoden Sr., and is one of several members of the extended Rhoden family with the same first name. Kenneth, the eighth victim found, was discovered by a cousin at a property on Left Fork Road. At one time, Rhoden and his brother Christopher Sr. worked at Crownover Lumber, but a manager there recently said the pair hadn’t worked there since 2007.

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Sheriff: I’ll offer conceal-and-carry class to local teachers

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones talks about school safety and threats to schools and what they are doing to address the problem.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones today said he will take steps to bolster local school safety by training those who work there.

Jones posted to social media that his office will offer free conceal-and-carry class to a limited number of teachers in Butler County. He also said training regarding on how to react during school shootings would be provided.


Posted by Butler County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, February 18, 2018

He said the details would be coming soon online and suggested that people could visit the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for more information for CCW for teachers.

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Jones on Saturday said he has “been saying this for years” as he tweeted a Fox News story that Polk County, Fla. Sheriff Grady Judd said it would be a “game changer” to allow some hand-picked teachers to carry firearms in the classroom.


Jones, in a video posted Thursday, urged local schools to act now to improve school security in the wake of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school on Wednesday.

He said local schools should stop doing fire drills and allow armed former police and military veterans into buildings to help protect students.

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Dog, suspect unharmed after brief standoff with Dayton police

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 1:04 PM

East Dayton Standoff

Update@1:25 p.m.:

Police officers were initially sent to scene Saturday night for on domestic violence-related incident call, and the suspect wasn't home. But once he returned home Sunday afternoon, neighbors called police, and officers returned to the scene, said Sgt. Kyle B. Thomas of the Dayton Police Department.

When officers arrived, the unidentified suspect refused to come out and was concerned about the safety of his dog. So officers asked him to secure the dog in the house so it wouldn’t get injured, Thomas said. 

The dog’s breed and name were not released.

Officers then continued negotiating with the suspect and he subsequently came out of the house, and was taken in to custody. 

SWAT was not called to the scene. But the K9 unit as well as the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center were there make sure the dog’s well taken care of while the investigation takes place, Thomas said. 

There were not injuries to the dog, suspect or officers, Thomas, said, thanking the community for getting involved. 

“The community stepped up,” he said. “They were aware that we were looking for this guy and they made some calls and let us know where we could find him. Without their help we wouldn’t have him in custody right now.” 

It is unclear if the suspect has been charged. We will bring you the information as soon as charges as well as the 

First report:

We are hearing reports of a possible police standoff at an apartment complex located at Superba Court and North Irwin Street in Dayton. 

Multiple callers to our newsroom said there are several officers in the area, and they are using a loudspeaker to get someone to come out of a building. Although a police dispatch sergeant acknowledged that officers were called to the area, he couldn’t confirm that there is a standoff. 

We have sent a photographer to the scene, and we will bring you the latest information as it becomes available. 

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Police: Woman said she was frustrated when she tossed dog out of moving car

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 2:36 PM

Woman Accused of Tossing Dog Out of Moving Car

A woman in Texas has been arrested after she was caught on camera tossing her small dog named Pumpkin out of a moving vehicle.

The Chihuahua-mixed breed survived the incident and was found Thursday roaming a family's rural property in Weatherford, WFAA reported. Surveillance cameras on the property provided clear identification of the vehicle. The dog's microchip further confirmed the owner's identity. 

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When questioned by Sgt. Ricky Montgomery, Janet Byas, 43, initially denied tossing the dog out of the vehicle. When the evidence of her involvement was presented to her, Montgomery said she admitted that she threw the dog out of the car because she was frustrated with it. She said Pumpkin would not stay on her property and she "couldn't handle it anymore," WFAA reported.

When WFAA asked for Montgomery's reaction to Byas' reasoning for throwing the dog out of the car, Montgomery said, "Grow up."

Byas was arrested and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Pumpkin is recovering from the ordeal and will eventually be available for adoption, Parker County Animal Control said.

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2nd person charged with threatening juvenile judge on social media

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 11:53 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:51 PM

Devin Wilson
Devin Wilson

UPDATE @5:49 p.m. (Feb. 17)

A mugshot has been released of a second man charged with making threats on social media toward juvenile court judge Anthony Capizzi.

Marquan Cooper, 22, is wanted on a charge of intimidation. 

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UPDATE @ 5:02 p.m. (Feb 16)

A second person has now been charged with making threats on social media toward juvenile court judge Anthony Capizzi.

Marquan Cooper, 22, of Dayton was charged with one count of intimidation.

Cooper was said to have made threats toward Capizzi and his family on social media using the alias “Quannie Coop”, according to the prosecutor’s office.

UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m. (Feb. 16)

Devin Wilson was indicted in Montgomery County for intimidation. He will be arraigned Feb. 22.

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. (Feb. 9)

Devin Wilson, 24, of Dayton has been formally charged in a threat made against a juvenile court judge, said Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. in a release. 

The alleged threat against Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi was made on Feb. 2 on social media under the alias of "Ball Meezy," the release said. 

Wilson is charged with one count intimidation, a third‐degree felony. His case will now be presented to a grand jury. 

Wilson is currently on probation for a drug trafficking offense.

Heck’s release said his office will be seeking that Wilson be taken off probation and sentenced to 18 months in prison. 

"The defendant, on probation for less than one month, threatened a judge about a case, which is an assault on the entire criminal justice system. We have to take these matters very seriously, whether someone is threatening a judge, a prosecutor, a police 

officer, or any other court officer,” Heck said in a release.

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A 24-year-old Dayton man was arrested Wednesday in connection with social media threats against a juvenile court judge, according to Dayton police.

Devin Wilson was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a possible third-degree felony charge of intimidation or bribery of a public servant.

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Social media posts advocating violence against Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi were reported to several law enforcement agencies, according to an email obtained by this news organization.

Capizzi is handling the juvenile court portion of the Huber Heights AT&T armed robbery case involving six juveniles and one adult.

A Dayton police report shows Wilson was arrested at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday at his residence on Edison Street. 

“If I ever see him I’m beating the (expletive) outta him he better pray I don’t catch him downtown coming out of that building,” said one post that included a photo of Capizzi.

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Another post discovered by this news organization said, in part: “Somebody need to split Judge Capizzi wig when he get off work.”

Capizzi declined to comment.

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Wilson was on probation after pleading guilty in January to aggravated trafficking of drugs. Wilson received five years’ community control as part of a plea in which a charge of trafficking of cocaine was dropped.

If found guilty of violating his probation, Wilson could face 18 months in prison plus whatever sanction is imposed if he is found guilty of a crime, according to a judge’s ruling in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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In another case that was considered in Wilson’s probation, he was found guilty of possession of less than five grams of cocaine and aggravated possession of drugs.

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