Classmate reacts to news that Clermont County man is accused of killing young sons

The 32-year-old is charged in connection with the deaths of his three sons.
Published: Jun. 18, 2023 at 11:57 PM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A woman who says she went to high school with the Clermont County man who is accused of shooting his three young sons say she is enraged with the whole situation.

“It’s a tragedy - there are no other words to describe it; it’s disgusting, appalling, a major tragedy - I’m angry,” Mary Thomas said.

Thomas says she attended Amelia High School with 32-year-old Chad Doerman, who is charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of his children - 3, 4, and 7 - outside their Monroe Township home on Laurel Lindale Road on June 15.

The boys’ mother, 34, also was shot in her hand.

“[I’m in] disbelief that it was someone I went to high school, someone I could’ve possibly sat next to,” Thomas says. “I would never imagine that I went to high school with, middle school, elementary nothing doing something like that. It kind of hits harder and closer to home when it’s someone you knew, someone you went to school with.”

Thomas remembers what Doerman was like in high school.

“Kind of quiet, didn’t hang out with the same people, but every time I would see him, he was just quiet,” she said.

As the mother of four boys, Thomas says this has all been hard to process.

“I think the mother in me is just disgusted and appalled and it’s heart-wrenching and there’s been so much crime really lately in Clermont County, and it’s just to the point where it’s so disturbing - you can’t not say something about it,” Thomas explained.

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