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Barberton Shooting – Two Brothers Arrested

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A Barberton, Ohio family’s lives changed forever this New Years Eve.

The victims, Ashley Carpenter, 18 and her brother David Kohler Carpenter, 14 were visiting their father, John Kohler and his girlfriend Ronda Blankenship over the New Year’s holiday at their Seventh Street home when two armed men entered the apartment believed to be intent on robbing them.

About 6:50 p.m., Barberton police received a call for help. When they arrived, they found all four victims shot. Ashley and David were pronounced dead at the scene. Kohler and and Blankenship were transported to Akron area hospitals.

The terrifying 911 call from Ronda Blankenship paints a picture of the aftermath of a shooting New Year’s Eve that left her and her boyfriend wounded and his two teenage children dead.

“Help, help,” a wounded Blankenship pleads to a dispatcher in the conversation released Thursday by Southwest Summit Communications. “I’m bleeding everywhere … my boyfriend is here. I have two kids here … Help, help, help. Oh God.”

Barberton Police said the criminals had targeted the home and were attempting to steal drugs and money when they entered before 7 p.m. Dec. 31.

The Summit County Medical Examiner on Thursday said Ashley died from a single gunshot to the head, and David from multiple gunshot wounds to the head. An autopsy is scheduled Monday for Kohler, who was pronounced dead at Akron City Hospital at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Kohler, 42, was kept alive on life support in Akron City Hospital until 3:45 p.m. Friday, when he was pronounced dead, the medical examiner said.

Blankenship remains in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Barberton Police on Friday arrested and charged Akron brothers Michael, 22, and Eric Hendon, 30, with three counts of aggravated murder.

Police were led to the Hendons from both information gathered and evidence collected at the scene.

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Barberton Shooting – Two Brothers Arrested
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  • Joey

    I see the victims’ picture, but how about identifying with photos the perps?

  • http://www.tinavolpe-writer.com/ Tina Volpe

    Sorry Joey – they weren’t available when I posted this :) They’re all over the Internet now tho…

  • Horrible

    If any of you had sense and did your research you would know that the one Hendon brother just got released from jail and served 13 years for shooting a female in her… private area… horrible.. and secondly he was wearing an ankle bracelet with GPS on it that placed him at the scene of the crime just minutes before one of the victims Rhonda made the 911 call, thirdly jeans with blood stains, a gun, money, coins rolled, and marijuana were found in the Hendon brothers home, GUILTY, and whats more pathetic, if you watched the video of the Hendon brothers family during the trial, they were all giggling and smiling and this is not a funny matter by no means at all and I am willing to bet if it was their family they wouldn’t be thinking this is so funny, true definition of ignorant, come on people, those poor innocent children did not have to die, you can blame it on the adults for selling marijuana all you want and yes they were very wrong, but thats no excuse for this hate crime which has happened, the blood stain on the jeans needs tested to see if it is the victims blood and the bullets need to be matched to the gun, investigators need to do their job, and these horrible trashy men need to stay locked up, and their horrible family who thinks this is a joke they will get whats coming, this was just a horrible thing and I am so sorry to the family
    white people need to start sticking together and maybe this world wouldnt become so bad and the drug era needs to stop, judges need to start cracking down on the young when they are caught with drugs

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