crimesider

Oregon school shooting victim was "loved by everybody"

TROUTDALE, Ore. - The 14-year-old boy gunned down by a fellow student at an Oregon high school was remembered Wednesday as a sports fan who loved soccer and was always laughing.

Emilio Hoffman, a freshman, was fatally shot Tuesday in a boys' locker room at Reynolds High School in the Columbia River town of Troutdale. The shooter, identified Wednesday as 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett, shot Emilio with an assault rifle and also wounded a teacher before killing himself in a bathroom, police said.

Police have said they have no motive so far the shooting. There was no apparent history between the two boys.

Emilio was an enthusiastic athlete who especially loved soccer, his family said in a statement Wednesday.

"He enjoyed science and history, but his true love was sports. Over the years he played T-ball and football, but when he found soccer, that was it. Soccer was his whole life," the family said.

Emilio had a sister and three brothers and had grown up with several foster brothers and sisters over the years.

"You couldn't be around Emilio without laughing! Anyone who has ever met Emilio laughed with him. He had to be the center of attention at all times!" said the statement, written by his mother, Jennifer Hoffman.

She said the family was touched by the response at a candlelight vigil held Tuesday night.

"It is good to know how much Emilio was loved, not just by us, but by everybody," the statement said.

"Emilio loved his friends, and his friends loved him," his mother said. "To those friends we say - be happy like Emilio. Smile like him. Laugh like him."

The gunman was a good student but sometimes talked back to teachers and liked to brag about guns, according to a student who sat next to him in science class.

jared-padgett-2.jpg
Jared Michael Padgett is shown in an undated photo.

Sophomore Claudia Delgado told CBS affiliate KOIN that Padgett seemed to be "a really good normal kid" who never missed a science class and liked to talk about cars and weapons.

"I mean he was conceited at times, he [kind of] showed off about the guns he had," said Delgado.

She said Padgett often talked about joining the military and was enrolled in the armed forces Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

"He said he had bullets at home, bullets and guns," she said.

Police said Wednesday that Padgett came to school on Tuesday with an assault rifle, nine magazines of ammunition, a handgun and a knife. The weapons had been taken from a secured area at his family home, police said.

Comments