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'I don't know how we're gonna make it through this': Family mourns father, son found dead in New Richmond

Coroner: Cause of death unknown
Rusty Larison and his son, Ryan
Posted at 9:19 AM, Jul 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-15 12:43:13-04

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio — Family members are searching for answers after a father and son were found dead in their New Richmond home early Thursday morning.

The Clermont County Sheriff's Office said a neighbor called police at around 4 a.m. after hearing gunshots at the Richmond Estates Mobile Home Park. The caller said they noticed their neighbor's lights on, so her son walked over to the home to find two dead bodies.

The two were identified by family as 59-year-old Rusty Larison and his son, Ryan. While the cause of death is unknown at this time, the Larison's family said they believe someone killed the two men.

"From what I've gathered, somebody tried to break in and (neighbors) heard gunshots,” said Ashley Cook, who noted she and her loved ones are heartbroken as she copes with the loss of a sibling and parent on the same day. "It's hard to understand how something like this could happen to two people who would never hurt anybody."

Cook said the two were well-known in the community.

"My dad, he put on a fireworks display for the entire neighborhood every fourth of July,” Cook said. “My brother was the kindest person you would ever want to meet.”

A GoFundMe has been created, with loved ones saying the two were taken "by what I can only describe as pure evil. The evil is walking the streets."

"I don't know how we're gonna make it through this," Cook said. “It’s heartbreaking to now associate a place that you consider home, with the loss of your family."

Cook said she hopes someone can come forward and help bring the family closure.

"Somebody has heard something, somebody knows something," said Cook. "That’s the only way that this is going to get solved."

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