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US: ‘Highly spiritual’ Mormon shoots two, kills self

June 16, 2014

Police found the alleged shooter’s diary in his family’s Oregon home. The 15-year-old’s detailed plans did not name specific people as targets, police said. A leader at the teen’s Mormon church said Padgett was ‘highly regarded for his spirituality.’…

The 15-year-old freshman who opened fire on his Oregon high school Tuesday wanted to kill “sinners,” the teen wrote in his diary.

Jared Padgett, an active member of an Gresham, Ore., Mormon church, shot and killed a student and injured a teacher during the attack on Reynolds High School before turning the gun on himself, police said….

Padgett was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints….

Church elder Earl Milliron told the TV station that the 15-year-old was “highly regarded for his spirituality.”

The teen, his brother and his father were all active in their Oregon church, Milliron said….

He continued: “Our family does not condone and has never promoted violence or hatred toward anyone. The values that we have taught our children are love in Jesus Christ, compassion, forgiveness, and patience.”

OregonLive.com

Maybe it’s time to include tolerance and rationality in there too.

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