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Friend: Nevada shooter typical kid, not loner

October 26, 2013 • National News


This photo shows a memorial to fallen teacher Michael Landsberry, that Sparks Middle School officials moved to the gymnasium, on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Sparks, Nev. Students are to return to classes on Monday, a week after a 12-year-old gunman killed Landsberry and wounded two classmates before turning the gun on himself. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada middle school student who killed a teacher and wounded two classmates before turning the gun on himself appeared to be a typical 12-year-old who liked soccer, was good at video games and didn’t have a lot of friends but “didn’t seem to be a loner,” a friend said Friday.

Jose Reyes was always smiling and never complained to his friend Diego Munoz, 11, that he was bullied, Munoz told The Associated Press outside Sparks Middle School where Reyes fatally shot Michael Landsberry before committing suicide Monday on the school’s asphalt basketball court.

“I was really surprised he would do something like this,” said Munoz, a sixth-grader at neighboring Agnes Risley Elementary.

“When I heard it was him who was the shooter, I went into a stupor and asked, ‘Why did he do it?’” he said, adding he lost touch with Reyes after Munoz’s family moved to a new home in June.

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