Jared Padgett’s family ‘horrified and distraught’

Parents and students hugged and shed tears at a nearby Fred Meyer used as a staging area after a shooting at Troutdale's Reynolds High School, June 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Parents and students hugged and shed tears at a nearby Fred Meyer used as a staging area after a shooting at Troutdale's Reynolds High School, June 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The family of Jared Padgett, the 15-year-old Reynolds High School shooter who killed a fellow student and injured a teacher Tuesday is speaking out.

Jared Padgett in an undated JROTC photo supplied by the Padgett family.
Jared Padgett in an undated JROTC photo supplied by the Padgett family.

Michael Padgett, Jared’s father, apologized for his son’s actions and said the family is “deeply confused and shocked,” as well as “horrified and distraught” over Tuesday’s events.

In a statement, Michael Padgett apologized to Reynolds High School teacher Todd Rispler, the family of Emilio Hoffman, as well as the Reynolds High School community.

“We give our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the family, friends and the entire community and you have our sincerest apology,” he said.

Padgett made clear there was nothing in Jared’s behavior that indicated to the family his son had the capability of killing another student.

“We are at a loss as to how and why this tragedy unfolded,” he said.

“The values that we have taught our children are love in Jesus Christ, compassion, forgiveness and patience. These are all natural attributes we observed within Jared daily.”

He said the family has never promoted violence or hatred.

The funeral for Jared Padgett will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Building, 3600 SE 182nd, in Gresham.

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