Santa Monica Shooter Left Apology Note

John Zawahri shows remorse for killing father, brother, but no anger

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 14, 2013 8:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Santa Monica shooter John Zawahri showed no signs of anger in a three-page, handwritten farewell note found on his body, said authorities at a news conference last night. What it contained: an apology for killing his father and brother, a farewell to friends, and an expression of hope that his mother would be taken care of money-wise. What it didn't: a motive for the shooting spree. "We believe that his mental health challenges likely played a role in his decisions to shoot and kill," said the Santa Monica police chief, per the Los Angeles Times.

An evidence photo showing a bag and cartridge magazines is among several new evidence photos of the June 9 shooting rampage.
An evidence photo showing a bag and cartridge magazines is among several new evidence photos of the June 9 shooting rampage.   (AP Photo/Santa Monica Police)
This photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows John Zawahri, 23, who police have identified as the shooter in Friday's deadly rampage at Santa Monica College.
This photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows John Zawahri, 23, who police have identified as the shooter in Friday's deadly rampage at Santa Monica College.   (AP Photo/Santa Monica Police Department)
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