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Attorneys Say Reyes' Family Stored Guns Safely

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It has been more than two weeks since Jose Reyes injured two students and killed a math teacher before taking his own life, at Sparks Middle School.

Kent Robison is one of the attorneys for the Reyes family.

He says Jose had gone to see a counselor on the Friday before the shooting, saying he was sad or depressed.

Reyes had a speech impediment that lawyers say kids teased him about and called him gay.

Once, when water got spilled on him, some kids laughed at him for wetting his pants.

Beyond the events of October 21, Reyes has been described as a typical seventh grade kid.

"A very pleasant, enjoyable young man," Robison said. "A kid that enjoyed the challenges of school. He did well in school. He was a good student."

Robison says the day of the shooting started off normally, except Jose's mother noticed he had a BB gun in the car.

"Jose said it's for a science project. Mom said, 'No, you're not taking that to school unless you've got a teachers note, signed by the teacher that is permissible,'" Robison said.

Liliana Reyes took the BB gun away, not knowing he had a semi-automatic handgun in his backpack that he had taken from their home. The boy's parents owned two handguns.

"Those guns were put away," Robison said. "Both guns were in a box. The gun that was actually used was in a gun case with its snaps closed and was unloaded. Now, how and why Jose found them, we don't know."

Reyes used that gun to shoot three people, killing Michael Landsberry, before taking his own life.

The shooting left those involved, forever changed. Including the Reyes family.

"They have great empathy and sympathy for Mrs. Landsberry and that family and the families of the two students," Robison said. 

Robison also says Reyes had a good home life, with the exception of one incident early last year.

That's when Jose Reyes-Mandujano pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse against the younger Jose, who was 10 years old at the time.

"Jose, the child, pretty much attacked the father, the dad," Robison said. "The dad reacted physically. In hindsight, he regrets that more than I can describe. Jose the father took Jose to school and reported to the school that he, the father had done that, knowing there could be consequences. Basically, turned himself in on that."

The older Reyes paid a fine and took anger management classes for that incident.

His lawyer says the father and son had a great relationship after that.

Written by Paul Nelson

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