Pike County residents grieve over mass shooting deaths

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — More than 48 hours after eight people are murdered in rural Pike County area residents say the reality of it all is setting in.

“Yeah I think it’s taking it’s toll on everybody ,” said Regina Ratliff.

“It bothers a lot of people. It’s not even safe to be in your own home no more,” explained Jeff Smith.

Members of Union Hill Church gathered today for the 10 AM service as they do every Sunday trying to stay in a normal routine, but a gray cloud still lingers over it all.

Despite the beautiful weather for the the popular Dogwood Festival in downtown Piketon.

Regina Ratliff grew up in this area. She says the festival is different this year.

“The crowd this year,  it’s not like last year.”

Orange ribbons displayed throughout downtown Piketon were placed in there in honor of 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden junior, one of the eight murder victims.

Donnie Oliver has lived in Pike County for more than 50 years and says everyone here is affected in some way.

“I’ve got family that’s staying with me because they’re scared, ” said Oliver.

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