The death of a Florida-based teenager allegedly obsessed with the Columbine shooting and planning to launch their own attack in Colorado did not end the investigation into the 18-year-old. The young woman acted alone and the Denver schools were ready to reopen their doors.
The body of Sol Pais was discovered in the mountains outside Denver with a self-injured gunshot wound on Wednesday, after investigators received a clue from the investigators. The driver who had taken them there, told the FBI.
Dozens of schools closed as a precaution during the one-day manhunt planned to reopen Thursday with increased security measures. Events planned on the anniversary of the Columbine attack in 1
The details of Pais's trip from Florida to Colorado began on Wednesday along with some classmates' confusion in their involvement. The student at Miami Beach High School, dressed in black and mostly for himself, said Adam Charni, a senior at the school.
Charni said he was "stunned" when she learned that she was the person the Colorado authorities were looking for. Another classmate, 17-year-old Drew Burnstine, described Pais as calm and sly.
But the high school student in Miami Beach made other worrying remarks about her "infatuation" with the 1999 Columbine High attack and the anniversary of this weekend. said Dean Phillips, acting FBI agent in Denver. He did not elaborate on what she said.
Investigators will try to learn more about Pais' social media and their other online presence to make sure they have neither "accessories" nor "accomplices," Phillips said. He confirmed that the material being reviewed contains a blog containing handwritten diary entries that occasionally show sketches of weapons or persons with large firearms.
Surfside's police chief, Julio Yero, in Pais' hometown called for "privacy and security" a little time to mourn. "The parents of Pais reported missing her on Monday night, police said.
" This family has been instrumental in the investigation from the very beginning. It provided valuable information that led us to Colorado, and many things that helped, perhaps more to prevent the loss of life, "said Yero.
Pais bought three one-way tickets to Denver on three consecutive days, then flew in on Monday night The authorities said they had not threatened a particular school, but Columbine and more than 20 other non-Denver schools responded by spending nearly three hours on Tuesday afternoon They locked up their doors for a long time and some activities canceled or pulled them in.
"Frankly, we're used to threats in Columbine," John McDonald, chief security officer of the Jefferson County school system, said when the search was over. "This felt different. It was different. It was certainly our attention. "
McDonald described her journey as a" pilgrimage "to Columbine, though it was not believed that Pais had been on campus.
The threats and many people who attended before the anniversary of this weekend Linked to the Columbine community, the reaction eased emotional pressure.
Frank DeAngelis, who was Columbus boss at the time of the shootout, said he had been on campus Tuesday when the threat prompted the officials to enter high school He immediately went after several employees who continued to work there 20 years after the attack.
"The support was so great," he said, "Everyone got together."
The parents in Denver were facing the toughest Task to explain to their children why they had the school day without scare them.
"This is definitely a challenge in their generation and taking care Learning my kids how to navigate is really hard. It's really heartbreaking, "said Suzanne Kerns of the suburbs of Arvada, whose children are 8 and 15 years old.
Kerns said she was angry at how easy it was for anyone missing out of State to be missing and buy a gun.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said the sale of the shotgun apparently followed the state's legal process, and foreigners who are at least 18 years old can buy guns in Colorado, and customers must provide fingerprints and a criminal background check.
The body of Pais was found not far from the base of Mount Evans, a recreation area about 97 kilometers southwest of Denver, and she used the gun she had bought, Phillips said.
Associated Press authors Ellis Rua of Miami Beach, Florida, and James Anderson and Thomas Peipert of Denver contributed to this report.