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Girlfriend of Reynolds shooting victim: 'He was always there to make you smile'

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The girlfriend of Reynolds High School shooting victim Emilio Hoffman said he just had a way of making people smile.

With her sister by her side, Alyssa Karm shared memories of the 14-year-old freshman who was shot and killed by a classmate in the boys locker room Tuesday.

"I want people to know that Emilio was a really good kid and he just loved everyone," she said.

Alyssa and her family received permission from Emilio's family to talk to FOX 12.

Alyssa shared cell phone pictures of Emilio that she said captured his spirit, including his friendly nature and goofy sense of humor.

"He was just always there to make you smile and make you have a good day," she said.

Alyssa and Emilio had been friends since seventh grade and started dating this year.

She said one instance really showed her what Emilio was all about. She said he was in a bad mood earlier in the day, but when she saw him later, that had changed.

She asked what had happened.

Emilio told her that a girl in one of his classes was feeling down, so he cheered her up. That made him feel better about his day.

"That's when I knew that he was a really good person," Alyssa said. "Like, I knew before, but this, I was really sure."

Hundreds of people came together in Troutdale to honor Emilio with a candlelight vigil Tuesday night. The Seattle Mariners and Portland Timbers each had moments of silence in his honor.

Alyssa believes he would have appreciated the gestures but he'd be more proud to see the community coming together to try and make the best of a terrible tragedy.

"I think that he would love that people are getting together," she said. "I'm sad that it had to be because of his death, but I think that he would be really happy."

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