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January 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Slaying suspect's family issues statement

The family of Benjamin Colton Barnes, the 24-year-old ex-soldier suspected of slaying a Mount Rainier National Park ranger on Sunday, has issued the following statement:

“First and foremost, the Barnes family would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of everyone affected by Ben’s actions.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as well during this difficult time.  We are as shocked as anyone concerning the events of the last few days and while we in no way condone or excuse Ben’s behavior, he was a beloved member of our family and we are saddened by his loss.  Our family would appreciate our privacy as we deal with the tragic events that have transpired.”

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