Neighbors in Barberton: ‘It’s Devastating’

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BARBERTON, OH -- Two teenagers are dead after a family of four was shot inside their home in Barberton.

The suspect or suspects remain at large.

"I wish whoever did it would come forward and say why they did it. If you're man enough to take two children's lives, you're man enough to say why you did it," said family friend Sheena Cates.

Just before 7:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, officers responded to a home on 7th Street Northeast in Barberton to a call for help.

"I just hope, whoever did it, it was worth it to them, because it wasn't to us," said Cates.

Barberton police say when officers went inside, they found four people shot.  Two teenagers were dead at the scene: 18-year-old Ashley Carpenter and her brother, 14-year-old David Kohler-Carpenter.

Their father, 42-year-old John Kohler and his girlfriend, 38-year old Ronda Blankenship, were also shot and were taken to Akron hospitals.

"It's unfortunate, you know? That two young kids, you know, children still 18 and 14-years -old, you know, they had their whole lives ahead of them," said Joe Myers, whose brother knows the family.

"It's crazy, you know? When it hits close to home. I mean, you can't get no closer than that, right next door," said neighbor Tim Terry.

Neighbors we spoke to say they did not hear anything unusual around the time the family was found.  Investigators say robbery appears to be the motive.

"I don't know what the situation is, where stuff like that happens, but honestly, being a parent, you know, it's devastating," Terry said.

"I heard what happened and it was just a shock because it was so close, and you know, it's a good neighborhood, nothing usually happens, it's usually quiet here," said Calvert.

Friends and neighbors are stunned that anyone could be so brutal and shoot four people, taking the lives of two teens.

"They were very good students. Their mom took care of them and raised them right. So did their dad. They were awesome kids, they didn't deserve this at all," said Cates.

Anyone with information is asked to call Barberton police at (330) 848-6709.

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