Loughner's Ex-Girlfriend: This Isn't the Jared I Knew
Kelsey Hawkes says he was a 'pretty great guy' in high school
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2011 11:57 AM CST
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(Newser) – Jared Loughner may have been seen as “creepy” and “hostile” in recent years, but it wasn’t always so, says his ex-girlfriend. Loughner dated Kelsey Hawkes six years ago, in high school, and she tells the Early Show she saw him as a “completely different … person, very caring, very sweet, gentle, kind, a little bit quiet, but altogether a pretty great guy.” She also describes his family as “really great” and his parents as “very kind.”

When she heard news of the shootings, “it was very emotional, I was very upset that the person that I used to know could become so changed and turn into something else,” she says, adding that after they split (her decision; she wanted to be single), she heard Loughner had become “a little more isolated” and perhaps gotten involved in drugs and alcohol, but she still “would never have expected him to become what he has.”

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Snowleopard
Jan 13, 2011 7:45 PM CST
late on-set schizophrenia.
fractal
Jan 13, 2011 2:32 PM CST
Anyone who thinks the govt is controlling us with GRAMMER, is just plain paranoid---add to it his age and his slide into withdrawal, and you have a good likelihood of an emerging schizophrenic. The fact that he was "normal" at 15, is further indication. If the army, or the college had given mental health screenings, they probably would have caught this--had he cooperated. Part of living in a free society, is accepting that we cannot control everything.
Dave
Jan 13, 2011 2:22 PM CST
Most people have good and bad inside of them. What matters is the ratio