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New Details in the Copley Massacre

COPLEY, OH (WOIO) -

The Summit County Medical Examiner has completed the autopsies on the seven Copley massacre victims and the gunman.

All victims died quickly.

It is unknown at this time if the gunman - 51-year-old Michael Hance - was under the influence of drugs.

All but one of the victims were shot in the head.  The gunman, Michael Hance, died of a single gunshot wound to the torso.

There are also reports that Hance bought one of the guns used in the rampage five days earlier at a pawn shop. He reportedly passed a federal background check and took the gun home that day.

Funeral arrangements for seven victims of Sunday's shooting rampage in Copley Township have been announced.

Memorial services for four members of the Johnson family - Russell, 67, Gudrun, 64, Bryan, 44, and Autumn, 16 - will be held privately.

The funeral for Amelia Shambaugh, a 16 year old Copley High student, will take place at Grace Church Bath Campus, 754 Ghent Road.  Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11th.  Services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12th. 

Funeral services for Scott Dieter, 11, and his father, Craig Dieter, 51, will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 12, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Lakeside Park, KY, according to several Cincinnati-area news sites.

Copley Township Board of Trustees released this letter to residents:

Dear Copley Township Residents:
The events of the past week have shaken the Copley community and many who have witnessed the unspeakable tragedy that has taken place. No one could ever imagine the impact such an event could have on our otherwise peaceful community. We extend our deepest condolences to the families who fell victim to this senseless act.

We want to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the incredible members of our safety forces, and those from our surrounding communities, who acted with such bravery and compassion during and after this event. In addition, we acknowledge and offer our thanks to all of you who offered assistance and prayers for the victims, their friends and families. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the outpouring of support for all who were involved.

Copley Township is a wonderful community in which to live. We know that by standing strong together, Copley Township will continue to be one of the safest and nicest communities in Ohio.

We thank you for your understanding and commitment to our community.

Copley Township Board of Trustees:
Scott Dressler, Helen Humphrys and Dale Ann Panovich
Copley Fiscal Officer, Janice Marshall

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