Reynolds HS shooting victim identified as freshman soccer player

Reynolds HS shooting victim identified as freshman soccer player »Play Video
Emilio Hoffman.

TROUTDALE, Ore. – The student killed in Tuesday morning's shooting at Reynolds High School is freshman 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, police said.

He was a well-known member of the JV soccer team, according to his friends.

Troutdale police blocked off the cul-de-sac where Emilio's family lives Tuesday afternoon, because the family wants privacy.

"I met with Emilio's parents this afternoon, and I can tell you how devastated they are by this news," said Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson. "They want you to know that Emilio was a great kid, and he was loved by all." 

He said Emilio was killed in the boys' locker room.

Emilio's final tweet was about 40 minutes before the shooting, time-stamped at 7:20 a.m. The shooting occurred just after 8 a.m.

He tweeted, "Lets just end school with a bunch of stressful test... yay. .."

 Wednesday would have been the last day of school for the district.

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Emilio’s friends say they are in shock and overwhelmed with grief. They are still processing what’s happened.

His friend, Kevin Williams, a junior on both the JV and Varsity teams, described Emilio as a funny guy. He was the one who always pumped up the team and had funny jokes.

Kevin said that even when the team’s spirits were down, Emilio was the one telling them, ‘C’mon guys, we can do it.’”

The team practiced every day and Emilio built a strong bond with the soccer team. Kevin said that in soccer everyone is family and once something bad happens everyone is in it together.

Taking to Social Media

Kevin tweeted, saying about his friend, “Rest in peace Emilio Hoffman. You were a great Raider, great soccer player, and a great friend.”

Other friends also took to social media to offer condolences and to mourn the loss of their fellow student.

Twitter user Stipo Manipo posted, "Wow I can't believe that you are gone.. RIP Emilio Hoffman. You were a great soccer player and a great friend. My prayers go out."

Another one of Emilio's friends, Annie Luna, played soccer with him and shared a class with him.

"He was the sweetest guy ever," she said. "He was such a sweet, caring, genuine guy."

Anderson, Troutdale's police chief, said the shooter was found slumped on a toilet in a bathroom. He said it has not been confirmed how the shooter died. He said investigators are waiting for information from the medical examiner's office before they can confirm the cause of death. Earlier reports said the shooter likely killed himself.

Authorities have tentatively identified the gunman but his name is being withheld until his family is notified, Anderson said.

He would not comment on the specific weapon used other than to say it was a rifle.

The shooting also injured a teacher. His injuries weren't life-threatening, and he was treated at the scene. He was identified as Todd Rispler, a 50-year-old physical education instructor and former track coach and quarterback at the school.
   
Anderson said Rispler went to the office and initiated the school lockdown procedure.
   
The attack panicked students after a lockdown was ordered and they were told to go quietly to their classrooms.

Anderson said two on-campus police officers were the first to respond to reports of a shooting. The officers and a tactical team sent to the school "brought this to a conclusion," the chief said, without elaborating.

The first reports of shots fired came at 8 a.m. on the next-to-last-day of classes. Police initially seemed uncertain about whether there was a live shooter in the school.
   
Students were eventually led from the school with hands up or on their heads. Parents and students were reunited in a supermarket parking lot.

"This is a tragedy that affects our entire community," Anderson said. "This is not supposed to happen to any school or to any child, but we will get through this together."

KATU's Bob Heye and The Associated Press contributed.


Vigil planned for victims

A prayer vigil for the shooting victims is planned for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the Greater Portland Baptist Church, located at 17800 SE Main Street in Portland.

More resources for those affected

Crisis counselors will be available at Mount Hood Community College for anyone who needs to talk with someone about the shooting. They will be in the gym, located at 26000 SE Stark Street, from 1-9 p.m. on Tuesday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Anyone who needs to talk to someone about the shooting may also call Multnomah County crisis help line at (503) 988-4888.

Anyone who has information about the shooting can call the Troutdale police tip line: 503-250-7943.

To contact students call the Reynolds School District at 503-661-7200.

"Talking to Children about Traumatic Events" (pdf) - From the Tigard-Tualatin School District.


Watch the day's media briefings:

Video: Third media briefing at 5 p.m.

Video: Second media briefing at about 12:15 p.m.

Video: First media briefing at about 10 a.m.