At funeral, Jared Padgett family asks forgiveness

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The family of Jared Padgett asked for forgiveness at the funeral for their 15-year-old son who killed Emilio Hoffman and himself at Reynolds High School on June 10.

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

Padgett walked into the Troutdale school with an AR-15 inside a duffel bag, pulled it out and began to fire. He killed Hoffman, 14, wounded a teacher and then was backed into a school bathroom by officers inside the building.

He took his own life.

On Saturday, the Padgett family released a statement and apologized for his actions. Michael Padgett, his father, said the family is “deeply confused and shocked,” as well as “horrified and distraught.”

The Padgetts also apologized to the family of Emilio Hoffman, the freshman who was killed, wounded teacher Todd Rispler and the entire community.

At the funeral at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Building, 3600 SE 182nd, in Gresham, a Padgett family spokesperson expressed the family’s deepest sorrow to the entire community.

Padgett’s Boy Scout leader said the funeral service is for those left behind, for the living to grieve and try to find some closure, and to try and remember good things about the teen.

They said they saw no indication of Padgett’s anger or changes in his personality. In fact, they said, he was talking about volunteering and what he was going to do for his dad on Father’s Day.

On the day of the shooting, they said, he left for school and seemed fine.

But journal entries police found in Padgett’s locker and at home showed a different side, detectives said.

There were entries about his classmates as sinners.

Deon Strommer was the spokesperson for the family of Jared Padgett at the funeral for the teen who killed a student and then himself at Reynolds High School. June 16, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)
Deon Strommer was the spokesperson for the family of Jared Padgett at the funeral for the teen who killed a student and then himself at Reynolds High School. June 16, 2014. (KOIN 6 News)

Spokesperson Deon Strommer said Michael Padgett went to the Fred Meyer across the street from the school, like every other parent did, and waited for hours and hours for son to show up.

He knew something was terribly wrong.

“You can understand the hurt and the embarrassment and how do you come to grips with something like this?” Strommer said after the teen’s funeral.

“We visited with him that Sunday before and I know that was my hard part, trying ot get a grip of what happened between Sunday and Tuesday, what occurred, what switched, what’s something happened,” he said. “He was not withdraw. He hadn’t been withdrawn for months.”

Jared Padgett leaves behind a brother, three sisters, his mother and father.

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A public funeral service to honor Emilio Hoffman is scheduled for Sunday, June 22 at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 SE Haley Road, Boring, Oregon for friends, family and schoolmates.

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