The Associated Press
GRESHAM, Ore. — The 15-year-old boy who fatally shot a fellow freshman at an Oregon high school last week has been laid to rest.
About 200 friends and relatives of Jared Padgett remembered him for many things Monday, but not the violent act that will forever define him.
They recalled a smiling, curious boy who displayed leadership skills at a young age, suffered from motion sickness and had a firm handshake.
Padgett came to Reynolds High School in Troutdale heavily armed June 10 and killed 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman in a locker room before committing suicide when officers confronted him.
Padgett’s brother-in-law, Andrew Cooper, acknowledged to a packed chapel in Gresham that everyone wants answers.
But, he added, “we need to accept that in this life we may never receive those answers.”