Pike Co. community comes together after murders

PIKETON, OH (WCMH) – It’s just after the lunch rush at Riverside Restaurant in Piketon. Neighbors and friends are enjoying each other’s company and talking about last Friday’s murders.

“We never dreamed like this would happen in our town,” says long time resident David Stockham.

posterHanging in the front window is another reminder. It’s a poster for a poker run fundraiser in honor of Hannah Gilley, one of the eight victims. Gilley was engaged to Frankie Rhoden and was the mother of the 6 month old little boy that survived the shootings.

“I just think she was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” says Patty Hammond.

Hammond is the organizer. She serves at Riverside and owns Beril’s Bar & Grill, the sponsor of the May 7th poker run. She says the  murders are at the top of eveyone’s minds.

“It’s been crazy. All you hear people talking about, people trying to figure things out,” she says. “Wanting to know what happened, what went on, who could do this.”

Hammond says she had to do some thing to help Gilley’s family. She says it’s one way to help get back to normal.

Haden Davis says normal will come.

“I think we will, but it’s gonna be a while. Not gonna be overnight,” he says.

That poker run fundraiser in honor of Hannah Gilley is Saturday, May 7th at Beril’s Bar and Grill, 706 E. Main Street.

Registration is at 11 a.m. Kick stands go up at noon. It’s $10 per rider or $15 per couple.

Chicken noodle dinners with mashed potatoes and green beans are being served at noon for $7 per plate.

Proceeds to toward Gilley’s funeral expenses and grave marker. Any additional funds will be used for her child.

If you’d like more information call 740-222-1529 or 740-222-9315.

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