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(CINCINNATI) — Authorities in Ohio hope a $25,000 reward leads them to the gunman who fatally shot eight relatives “execution style,” as chilling 911 calls reveal the moments they were found.

The victims were all members of the Rhoden family, officials said Saturday. They were identified as: Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40; Christopher Rhoden, Jr., 16; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Dana Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna Rhoden, 19; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

Seven of the victims were found Friday in three homes along the same road in Peebles, a small village about 70 miles east of Cincinnati. The eighth victim was found later than the others in nearby Piketon, officials said.

Some of the victims appeared to have been killed in their sleep and were found shot to death in their beds, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. One victim, who appeared to be a mother, was killed lying in bed with a 4-day-old baby, he said.

Three young children — the 4-day-old baby, a 6-month-old baby and a 3-year-old — were found unharmed at the various shooting locations, said Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.

 Cincinnati-area businessman Jeff Ruby has offered $25,000 for information that leads to the gunman’s arrest, officials said Saturday. Investigators also released 911 calls that recorded family members finding their relatives dead inside their homes.

One woman called 911, sounding frantic and out of breath, telling a dispatcher she had found blood throughout her brother-in-law’s house.

“I think my brother-in-law’s dead,” she said. “There’s blood all over the house.”

She then said it looked like someone else was dead there, too, before weeping into the phone.

In another 911 call, a man said: “I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound.”

“Is he alive?” the dispatcher asked.

“No, no,” the caller said.

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