‘They were loving boys:’ Visitation, celebration of life held for slain brothers in Clermont County

Monday’s events allowed the healing process to begin in this grieving Tri-State community.
Published: Jun. 22, 2023 at 1:18 PM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Visitation and a celebration of life took place Monday night for the three young brothers killed on June 15.

Members of the public joined the family of Clayton Doerman, 7, Hunter Doerman, 4, and 3-year-old Chase Doerman at the First Baptist Church of Glen Este in Batavia, according to their obituary at Geo. H. Rohde & Son Funeral Home.

“It’s just been heartbreaking, a heartbreaking few weeks,” said Dwayne Kuhn, Clayton’s head basketball coach.

Kuhn says Monday’s events allowed the healing process to begin.

“We want to celebrate who these boys were, because what happened to them is not who they were,” he said. “They were bright. They were fun. They were loving boys.”

New Richmond Youth Sports President Kristin Bennett agreed.

“They were just a little dose of summer year-round,” Bennett said.

In lieu of flowers, the public was asked to send donations to the organization “that provided so many happy memories for The Doerman family.” The donations will be used to make improvements to the New Richmond Youth Sports Association Field 4 in their honor.

You can donate via Venmo @NRYouthsports, put “Field 4 Dedication” in the memo.

Checks can be mailed to New Richmond Youth Sports Assoc., C/O TruCut Construction, 2287 Laurel Nicholsville Road, New Richmond, Ohio, 45157.

“They are unforgettable kids, and there’s nothing that’s going to take away the memories that we had with them,” Kuhn said. “There’s nothing that’s going to take away the time we got to spend with them.”

The boys, ages 3, 4, and 7, were killed by their dad, 32-year-old Chad Doerman, according to the Clermont County’s Prosecutors Office.

Doerman was indicted June 23 on nine counts of aggravated murder, eight counts of kidnapping, and four counts of felonious assault.

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