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Four Copley Massacre victims laid to rest, lone survivor recovering at Akron Hospital

COPLEY, OH (WOIO) -

19 Action News is getting a glimpse of the woman who was shot five times and survived the Copley Massacre. This, as four other victims were laid to rest Thursday.

Becky Dieter was shot five times by her boyfriend Michael Hance on Sunday, August 7th. Afterwards, he gunned down seven others who died from injuries before a Copley Police officer fatally shot him during a gun battle.

Now, Becky Dieter is recovering at Akron City Hospital. The lone survivor from what's been called the Copley Massacre.

Copley is now filled with messages, flags at half staff and small memorials.

Hance's neighbor Russel Johnson, 67, and his wife Gudrun were buried Thursday along with their son Bryan Johnson, 44, and his 16-year-old daughter Autumn.

The lone survivor of the massacre, Becky Dieter was shot five times in the back by her boyfriend of more than 20 years. So far, Dieter isn't in any condition to talk to detectives or the media.

The Copley Police Officer who gunned down Hance has been identified as Ben Campbell, a ten year officer with the police force. Hance refused to drop his two handguns and fired at police. That's when Campbell shot and killed Hance with a bullet to the chest.

A fifth shooting victim, Amelia, 16, will be buried Friday in Copley.  Craig Dieter and his 11-year-old son Scott will also be buried Friday in Kentucky. 

Victim Assistance Program released this statement Thursday on behalf of the Johnson family:

 The Johnson family would like to thank everyone for all their thoughts, prayers, posts, donations, care and concern in this very difficult time. The support the community has given us is overwhelming. Russ, Gertie, Bryan and Autumn were loved by many and will be forever missed. There are no words for the loss we are all experiencing. Copley is our home and we love this community. The people here are so caring, loving and generous. We have no words to show how grateful we are for everything everyone is doing. The weeks and months to come will be difficult and we appreciate your ongoing support. Please respect our privacy as we go through this difficult grieving process. Please also pray for the Dieter and Shambaugh families. Private services have taken place. Thank you.

 

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