"They were good people," says family friend Joseph Ray. "Down-to-earth, generous, a very close family."
But now, eight members of the family are dead, killed in last Friday's massacre. According to the coroner, many of the family members were shot multiple times. Some of them had bruising.
Police say that the victims were shot "execution-style," and none appeared to be a suicide. The killer – or killers – are still at large.
So who were the Rhodens and why would anyone want to kill them? Attorney General Mike DeWine says marijuana grow operations were found at three of the locations where the victims were found – but that a motive remains unclear.
"Some members of the family were rough," says Ray, "but you see that in every family. These were good people, and it's not fair to say that everyone was involved in anything illegal. I don't think that's true."
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The victims – seven adults and one 16-year-old boy – are all being remembered by a community that is searching for answers in the gruesome killing.
Investigators have questioned more than 30 people and are receiving many tips.
"Somebody knows something,” a police source told PEOPLE. "We'll investigate until we come up with an answer."
Authorities continue to request that those with information call 855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or 740-947-2111.
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Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40Known as a hard working man, Christopher had lived in Ohio his entire life. He owned a backhoe and bulldozer and spent most of his life working in construction and maintenance. "He was a family man," says a family friend. "He was very dependable when it came to taking care of his kids. He was really proud of them."
Dana Rhoden, 37Although Dana was divorced from her husband, Christopher, the couple had maintained a cordial relationship. On Facebook, she listed her relationship status as "complicated."
An avid gardener, Dana and her children attended Union Hill Church in nearby Peebles, Ohio. "She was a bubbly, outgoing young lady," her pastor, Phil Fulton, tells PEOPLE. "She would do anything for you. If you had a need, and she could help you, she would have."