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Remembered as a fun-loving boy

A memorial service was held Monday, June 16, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 182nd Avenue for Jared Michael Padgett, 15, who six days before gunned down a classmate before taking his own life. Although there was no direct mention of his victim, 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, the service was an obvious sharing of communal grief.

Several speakers talked to a crowd of about 300 about how Jared had been a helpful, fun-loving boy, and as at any funeral, shared anecdotes about his life. Matt McMullin recalled his friendship with Jared, but also mentioned “the reality of atonement.”

“Through our Savior, all things can be made right,” he said. “He can heal the broken heart.”

Padgett's brother-in-law Andrew Cooper, his voice breaking at times, said the family wants answers.

“We may never understand or in this lifetime receive those answers,” he said. “And that's perfectly fine. He is not gone. He is a child of God.”

As he closed the service, Bishop Michael Tobiasson referred to “the tragic event that happened this week” and urged people to love each other.

“What matters most is what lasts the longest,” he said. “Take time to hug each other and tell each other we love you. Reach out to those who are suffering. Jesus paid the price for all our sins.”

Services for Emilio Hoffman will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 22, at the Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring.

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