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A San Diego neighbor of alleged Colorado shooter James Holmes remembers him as a very shy, well-mannered young man who was heavily involved in their local Presbyterian church.
"He seemed to be a normal kid, I don't know what triggered it. This makes me very sad," said Tom Mai, a retired electrical engineer.
No incidents or activities at Nancy Jean Lanza's three-acre home caused alarm or brought undue attention to the divorced mother of two sons.
Then on Friday, her 20-year-old son, Adam, fatally shot Lanza in her 36 Yogalanda St. residence in Newtown and proceeded to kill six adults and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself, police say.
"They seemed very normal. I knew the mom; she was a nice person," said a Yogalanda Street neighbor who did not want her name published
Jessica Vondra, who grew up next door to Aaron Ybarra and his family, said he pulled pranks and constantly made her laugh. The Ybarra children were home-schooled and out almost daily with her and her brother, Brett, she said.
“He was a good kid,” Brett Vondra said in a text message. “He did a terrible thing and it makes me sick but I never thought he would be capable.””
Buford wrote: »
He was a terrorist and this is just the beginning. Call it what ever PC term you want but in short time it will become evident of what this is.
flytrap wrote: »
Agree with what you're saying Scott, it's just depressing our society has sunk to this level if mass murderers are "average".
Scott Butner wrote: »
that's not the take away I bring out of it.
rather, I think many mass murderers ARE capable of blending in to "normal" society until that moment that some switch goes off. Not necessarily "just like the rest of us" but certainly normal enough that they don't draw much attention. And then at some point, something pushes them over the edge -- perhaps if we better understood those switches, we might do a better job of anticipating and preventing these events.
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