Parents of School Shooter Release Statement, Say Gun Wasn't Locked

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The parents of a Nevada boy who killed a teacher and wounded two classmates at his middle school say Jose Reyes had been teased about a speech problem but never showed signs he harbored any anger that would fuel the shooting that ended with his suicide.

Jose Reyes, the father, said in a statement he and his wife, Liliana, "had no idea" their son was so upset or troubled. They said they don't understand why he opened fire at Sparks Middle School Oct. 21.

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the statement recorded at a law office Monday and posted a video on its Web site .

Jose Reyes says his son was working through "a speech problem" that prompted teasing. But he never complained about specific students or teachers.


SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The father of the 12-year-old boy who committed suicide after killing a teacher and wounding two classmates at a Nevada middle school says the handgun his son used was kept in a case, but wasn't locked up.

Jose Reyes and his wife, Liliana, told KRNV-TV they weren't aware their son, Jose, knew where the semi-automatic gun was stored above their refrigerator but somehow he managed to find it.

Reyes won't comment on a Sparks police investigation into whether criminal charges should be filed against any adult who knowingly made a firearm available to the youth.

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