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Reynolds gunman's father: My baby boy wasn't a monster

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Jared Padgett's class photo from Reynolds High School (Photo: Reynolds School District) Jared Padgett's class photo from Reynolds High School (Photo: Reynolds School District)
Emilio Hoffman's class photo from Reynolds High School (Photo: Reynolds School District) Emilio Hoffman's class photo from Reynolds High School (Photo: Reynolds School District)
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

The 15-year-old gunman who killed a classmate and then committed suicide at Reynolds High School was the youngest of five children and lived with his single father in Gresham.

Jared Padgett showed up at Reynolds High School on the school bus Tuesday, carrying a guitar case, a rifle, a handgun and a large knife. He shot and killed 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman in the boys locker room.

Tammy Bogh, a close friend of the Padgett family, said she never imagined his life could take such a violent and tragic turn.

"If you knew him, this is not him. We're all shocked," Bogh said.

Bogh was once a babysitter for Jared and she has been close with his entire family for seven years.

She spoke with Jared's father and one of his sisters, who are both stunned and suffering, she said.

"He was the sweetest thing and that's pretty much what his dad said. 'My baby boy, he was only 15.' I don't know what happened to him, but something happened to him at that school," she said.

Bogh said Jared became quieter in the last couple years, and she remembered Jared's father saying he was having a rough time transitioning into high school.

"His dad had said he was having trouble in school," Bogh said.

Bogh said she didn't hear much talk of guns in the Padgett's home, but she knew they were locked up. Police said Jared broke through the locks and took the weapons to school.

Bogh offered words of comfort and support to Jared's family on Wednesday.

"I said, 'I know you're probably going to have a lot of people who turn their backs on you, but we're not one of them. We remember Jared how we want to remember Jared,'" she said.

Bogh said Jared's parents were instructed not to talk to the media, so they asked her to speak with FOX 12 about Jared on their behalf.

"And that's what [Jared's father] said: 'Please tell them my baby boy wasn't a monster. Because he wasn't - he was a good kid,'" she said.

Deputies said the Padgetts left their house Wednesday morning and they haven't returned since. Bogh said she doesn't know where they are and she thinks they may be worried about retaliation.

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