Jared Loughner's Classmates Diss Him on Facebook as "Weirdo" and "Outcast"
Their comments relate that the 22-year-old was a "weirdo" and "outcast," and they paint a picture of what high school life was like for him.
Tyler Zuern, who claims he knew Loughner while they both attended Mountain View High School in Tucson, left comments on his Facebook wall on Saturday afternoon regarding the 22-year-old, stating his shock at the situation.
"I can't believe a kid I used to chill with turned out to be a cold-blooded murder [sic]," he wrote. "shits fucked up."
At least three other former Mountain View students replied to the Facebook post with their own negative descriptions of Loughner, which also reveal why Zuern ceased his friendship with Loughner.
A snapshot of the Facebook comments about Jared Lee Loughner by Tyler Zuern and others.
An individual named Gaby Carillo stated, "He was weird! Outcast definitely," while Scott McMullen, another Mountain View alum, chimed with, "I told u the kid was a fucking wierdo [sic]."
Erin McMahon, another friend of Zuern's, asked, "Did he talk alot of shit about how the government is unconstitutional and stuff when you hung out with him?"
To which Zuern replied: "No nothing like that. he was just always really weird, so i quit hanging out with him."
Loughner attemped to hang out with Zuern and the rest at lunchtime during their days at Mountain View, according to a reply by Kate Rascon: "it is so scary to think how he would sometimes eat lunch with us."
While he might not have been buds with Zuern anymore, Loughner reached out to his former friend over the Internet in the days leading up to the shooting. The alleged assailant posted on Zuern's MySpace page last Thursday, recalling a previous concert they both attended with mutual friends
This post caused both law enforcement and journalists to seek out Zuern, who claimed in a separate Facebook post on Saturday that he was interviewed by both the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service. A friend named Thomas Marriotti offered condolences for Zuern's overnight fame.
"Sorry you had to be the one to be shown on MySpace, Zuern. you'll probably be getting bugged a lot and asked questions and shit. sorry man."
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