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Police: Shooting deaths of teen sisters fueled by family conflict

Elizabeth Hayden (PHOTO: Facebook) Elizabeth Hayden (PHOTO: Facebook)
Hayden in court Thursday, (FOX19 NOW) Hayden in court Thursday, (FOX19 NOW)
Sarah Hayden (PHOTO: Facebook) Sarah Hayden (PHOTO: Facebook)
Matthew Hayden, Hamilton County Jail. Matthew Hayden, Hamilton County Jail.
The van where the alleged shooting occurred (Photo: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW) The van where the alleged shooting occurred (Photo: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

Conflict within a Colerain Township family ended with a man charged in the murder of his two teenage sisters, according to police.

Police are still searching for an exact motive behind the altercation that left Sarah Hayden, 16, and Elizabeth Hayden, 17, shot to death Wednesday morning.

Their brother, Matthew Hayden, is accused of firing multiple shots at the sisters and another teen, Joshua Hacker, as they sat inside a parked van. Hacker, 16, survived the ordeal. 

“Our detectives, through much investigation yesterday, were able to determine that there’s no drugs involved in this, it doesn’t seem to be a money situation,” said Colerain Township police spokesperson Jim Love. “It seems to be totally an internal family situation, pretty much on itself.”

Love said investigators are working to determine the specific nature of the domestic incident.

In an interview with FOX19 NOW, Angela Hayden said she did not know why her son would fire a weapon at her daughters.

The incident unfolded between the van – parked in the driveway – and home, located in the 3400 block of Banning Road. Several people were inside the home at the time, witnesses claimed.

A family spokesperson says the three victims were in the van listening to music. 

“Oh, my God, my son shot them,” Angela Hayden told 911 dispatchers. 

Love said an exact number of shots fired is unknown but it appeared Hayden reloaded the weapon in the midst of the altercation. Hayden allegedly used his own unregistered 9mm Beretta handgun, Love said.

Hayden immediately and peacefully surrendered when crews responded around 3 a.m., police said. He is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. In his Thursday court appearance, Hayden kept is his head lowered as the judge set bond at $6 million. 

“Keep my family in your hearts and prayers,” said Angela. “Not only for my daughters that I lost, but for my son. Please find compassion, as a mother, I have.”

With seven children, the Hayden family does not have the money to bury their daughters, Angela claimed. An online donation account has been set up to help with expenses.

The family says Elizabeth and Sarah were home schooled and they had taken in Hacker to help get him on the right path. 

Investigators have interviewed Hacker as he recovers at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Love said. He was reportedly shot at least ten times.

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