FBI Examines Suspicious Activity of Teenager in Colorado

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FBI Examines Suspicious Activity of Teenager in Colorado

Avery Ward, Contributor

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The death of Sol Pais, a Florida teenager who authorities say was consumed with the Columbine school shooting, may have planned to carry out her own attack in Colorado. This did not end an investigation into the 18-year-old, authorities said as they examined whether the young woman acted alone and Denver-area schools prepared to reopen their doors (LA Times). The body of Sol Pais was found in the mountains outside Denver, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday after investigators got a tip from the driver who took her there, the FBI said (LA Times).

Many schools that closed as a precaution planned to reopen on Thursday, but with increased security measures. However, the events planned to mark the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine attack will go on as scheduled throughout the week, including a ceremony near the school on Saturday.

The Columbine school shooting involved two teenagers that attacked Columbine on April 20, 1999. The teenagers killed 12 classmates and a teacher before taking their own lives. A “no notoriety” movement has encouraged news organizations to refrain from naming the perpetrators of mass shootings to deprive them of the attention they want.

On Wednesday, word was sent out about the details of Pais’ location from Florida to Colorado. However, investigators have learned more from Pais’ social media and her other social media platforms, mainly to ensure that she had no “accessories” or “accomplices,” Phillips said (LA Times). He affirmed that the material being inspected includes a handwritten journal entries that features sketches of people holding large firearms.

In Pais’ hometown, Surfside Police Chief Julio Yero asked that the family be given “privacy and a little time to grieve.” Pais’ parents had reported her missing on Monday night, police said (LA Times).

“This family contributed greatly to this investigation from the very onset. They provided valuable information that led us to Colorado and a lot of things that assisted in preventing maybe more loss of life,” Yero said (LA Times).

Pais bought three one-way tickets to Denver on three consecutive days, then flew in on Monday night and went directly to a gun store, where she bought a shotgun, authorities said (LA Times). Officials say that she was not threatening a particular school, but all of the schools in the area were locked down. “We’re used to threats, frankly, at Columbine. This one felt different. It was different. It certainly had our attention,” John McDonald, security chief for Jefferson County school system, said when the manhunt was over (LA Times).

 Jeff Shrader, the Jefferson County Sheriff, said that the sale of the shotgun apparently followed the state’s legal process (LA Times). In Colorado, people who are not from the state and who are at least 18 can buy shotguns in Colorado. Although, customers must provide their fingerprints and pass a criminal background check.

Pais’ body was finally found off a trail not far from the base of Mt. Evans, which is a recreation area about 60 miles southwest of Denver. She used the weapon she bought, Phillips said (LA Times).

Source: https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sol-pais-columbine-colorado-schools-20190418-story.html

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