Surviving Rhoden family member in 911 call: 'I fear for my life'

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“I fear for my life,” a Rhoden family member told a 911 operator “a couple of days” after eight members of the family were found shot to death in Pike County, Ohio.

In a recording released Thursday by officials with Greenup County, Ky., E-911, Kenny Rhoden placed the call right after leaving a Speedway gas station because he thought he was being followed as he drove through South Shore, Ky., an Ohio River town across from Portsmouth, Ohio.

Rhoden told the operator that at least two people in what he believed was a forest green, newer model Chrysler had been following him for eight to 10 miles. Rhoden called out the license tag number, but he couldn’t say what state was on the tags. He told the operator the car had tried to cut him off.

“I don’t know who he is,” Rhoden tells the operator. “I don’t know what his problem is.”

Rhoden spoke with the operator nearly five minutes, at one point saying the car had moved in front of him after probably seeing him on the phone.

He told the operator his little brother and cousin were killed, along with six other family members, in Pike County. He then added, “They basically told all Rhodens to beware.”

When the operator asked him whether he wanted to see an officer, Rhoden said, “I don’t know what to do. I never had anybody do me that way before.”

This story originally appeared in The Journal News, a news partner of WCPO. 

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