So, my friend killed his dad...

So, this year my friend Chris transfered to my school. I had seen him at a few local shows, and I was extited to spend more time with him. He was quiet, but funny, and fit right in with me and my friends. He was a thoughtful vegetarian boy with a cute smile and weird sense of humor, he seemed like a normal kid. Although, Chris admited to having some anger issues, I never thought he would have dome this. He said he didn't like our school, and planned on moving, but he never acted up; he was a good kid, he had a job, and a seemingly normal life.
When Chris stopped coming to school, I thought it was just because he had moved. No one talked about why he was gone; I'm not sure if people knew about the shooting or not, but sure enough the rumors started a day or two later after his disappearence. I always denied it, me being his friend and the fact that shootings don't happen every day in my small community. It seemed unreal, but when one of Chris' other friends came to me claiming she had seen it on the news twice, I looked it up.
It sais he's suspected, but the only other person present was his younger sibling. I really don't want to believe it, but it's becoming more and more clear to me that my friend shot his dad. I don't know why this is bothering me so much, maybe because I had gotten closer to this boy; and he didn't seem like the murdering type. I don't know how I feel about it, I don't know how I'm supposed to feel...

People in two Kansas counties are still trying to come to grips with a shocking murder that happened earlier this week.

People in the community were stunned by the news that Robert Wottlin was killed on Monday. They were even more surprised when they learned who might have done it.

On Monday afternoon, shots rang out at a farm near Centerville, Kansas. Police found Wottlin, a 52-year-old father of two, shot to death.

Police will only say a juvenile is in custody and change are pending, but a childhood friend of Wottlin's said he understands Wottlin's oldest son pulled the trigger.

Some Anderson County High School students heard about the shooting on the scanner.

"They called in for a life flight, but the dad was already dead, so the life flight just turned around because they couldn't do anything about it," Jared Sherbon from Anderson County High School said.

Wottlin had lived at the farm with his two teenage sons for a couple of years. He was active in the local Boy Scout troop and parents of other scouts in the nearby town of Garnett said he was very well liked in the community.

Students at Anderson County High School, where Wottlin's son is a student, said they also heard their classmate was a suspect.

"It's just crazy that it's in a small town like this, and just a normal kid, you didn't really think he was up to any trouble," Cody Chambers from Anderson County High School said. "He seems normal to me, I haven't really talked to him, but he didn't do anything wrong at school, he was always a good kid. It just seems crazy that he would do something like that."

Wottlin's Boy Scout troop will be having their regular monthly meeting this weekend and they will have counselors on hand to help the kids deal with the loss of their assistant scoutmaster.
Posted on September 8th, 2008 at 08:28pm


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