7th Grade Nevada Shooter Jose Reyes Left Contradictory Suicide Notes, Police Say
The Nevada 12-year-old who shot three people before killing himself in a shooting rampage at his middle school left contradictory suicide notes, authorities say.
On October 21st, 2013, 12-year-old Jose Reyes killed a teacher and wounded two students with a semi-automatic weapon he had brought from home. He eventually turned the gun on himself.
Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen released a 1,300-page report with details about the shooting investigation.
The investigation revealed subtle clues that the boy was disturbed, according to the Associated Press. Reyes had pictures of the Columbine gunmen on his phone. He had also told a therapist three days before the attack that his classmates had been teasing him and calling him “gay.”
Allen said in a news conference that in one note to teachers and students, Reyes "clearly expressed anger,” writing that he was embarrassed and mistreated at school and that “he would get revenge.”
But in a second note to his parents, Reyes indicated that the shooting “was not a result of shooting games or bullying.”
The boy was a frequent player of violent video games like “Assassin’s Creed.”
Both notes, however, made it clear that "his life would end in the process," Allen said.
Allen also announced at a news conference that no charges would be brought against the boy’s parents.
The case remains a complicated one. While Reyes probably was probably teased at school, it was not enough to warrant bullying charges, detectives say. Reyes had had speech problems as a child and had recently been prescribed an antidepressant and had shown some signs of autism. He had a generic form of Prozac in his system at the time of the shooting.
Allen had a message for students during the press conference.
"Be nice. Be kind. Treat your fellow students with respect. We're all a little different. It matters."