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(PEEBLES, Ohio) — One of the eight relatives all killed “execution style” in rural Ohio suffered nine gunshot wounds, according to the local coroners’ offices.

Two victims suffered five gunshot wounds; one was shot four times; and the others were shot once, twice or three times, the Pike County Coroner and Hamilton County Coroner said on Tuesday. Officials did not identify which of the victims was shot nine times.

Seven of the eight victims in Friday’s shooting spree were found in three homes along the same road in Peebles, a small village about 70 miles east of Cincinnati. The eighth victim was found in nearby Piketon. Some of the victims appeared to have been killed in their sleep, officials said.

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

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told ABC News on Sunday that authorities still did not have a suspect description or motive in the killings.

More than 300 tips have been received since Friday, all of which are being investigated, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said on Tuesday.

The victims were all members of the Rhoden family, 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.

Evidence consistent with cockfighting was found at one of the crime scenes, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s office, adding another dimension of mystery to this unsolved murder case.

DeWine “observed roosters in small cages, one to a cage — a set-up he’s seen previously associated with cock fighting,” Eve Mueller, spokeswoman for DeWine’s office, told ABC News Tuesday. She did not specify which crime scene.

“Whether or not that was actually happening here, he doesn’t know — but what he saw was consistent with cock fighting,” Mueller said.

While Mueller said the attorney general’s office cannot “comment specifically if that is part of the investigation,” she added, “we are looking at every possible angle.”

DeWine has also said marijuana growing operations were found at three of the four crime scenes but authorities did not provide further details.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office has also confirmed that a Facebook threat was made against the youngest victim — 16-year-old Chris Rhoden. Authorities say they are pursuing the Facebook threat along with other leads.

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