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Pentagon Shooter a 'Brilliant' Engineering Student

John Patrick Bedell had a serious pot problem
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2010 1:55 PM CST
Pentagon Shooter a 'Brilliant' Engineering Student
A man believed to be John Patrick Bedell is seen in this YouTube screenshot.

(Newser) – John Patrick Bedell, who allegedly opened fire on the Pentagon last night before being shot and killed, was a “brilliant” engineering student with a “severe pot addiction,” according to a family friend. His mother “asked me to help,” says the former teacher. But “there was denial on Patrick’s part,” and because he was 36, relatives and friends couldn't do much.

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Bedell was a postgraduate student at San Jose State University focusing in circuit design. A professor tells the San Jose Mercury News he was both extremely intelligent and so helpful to his fellow students that he was “almost an unofficial teaching assistant. I still can’t believe this is the JP I knew. It’s as though someone stole his identity.” (Read more John Patrick Bedell stories.)

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