The mother of Wade Michael Page, 41, the gunman who shot and killed six people and injured three others at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, is coming to the defense of her son.
According to the DailyMail, Laura Lynn said that she couldn't believe it was her "precious little boy" who committed that terrible act.
As reported by the DailyMail:
Lynn said that she has had no contact with her son since she and his father Jesse Alvin Page divorced.
She said she was shocked and heartbroken after hearing about her son's death from another newspaper earlier that day.
Speaking to the MailOnline, she said: 'He was such a precious little boy, that's all I can say, he was a very fun-loving, typical little boy. He was just a very soft spoken, gentle young man.'
Asked if the army had changed her son, she said: 'I have no idea I had not been in contact with him that much. Actually in the last 12 years I have not been in contact with him at all since his dad and I divorced.
'I just found out this morning when another newspaper called me. Of course I'm devastated.
'My heart goes out to all the people who lost their loved ones, that's all I can say, I am so sorry.'
Page was kicked out of the army in 1998 after serving six years. According to military records, he was given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998 following a 'pattern of misconduct' including being drunk on duty and going AWOL.
He had been demoted from sergeant to specialist during his service and was deemed ineligible for re-enlistment.