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Alaskan childhood friend of accused murderer Ron Haskell speaks

By KTVA Alaska Photojournalist: Ken Kulovany - 6:39 PM July 13, 2014

The man accused of killing two adults and four children last week in Texas has an Alaska connection.

Ron Haskell is accused of forcing his way into the home of his ex-wife’s relatives, tying up all five children and two adults inside and shooting them, execution-style. Only one victim survived.

The people who knew 33-year-old Haskell growing up in Eagle River say who he is today is a far cry from who they expected him to become.

Haskell reportedly called Alaska home until 2004.

Former classmates say his popularity and sense of humor earned him the titles of class clown and homecoming king.

They say he didn’t come from an abusive home, he didn’t use drugs and he didn’t hang with “the wrong crowd.”

Instead, Haskell was active in church and volunteered his time toward community activities.

Drew Nevitt said Haskell was actually a role model to him when they were growing up. This just shows how good and bad can come from just about anywhere, Nevitt said.

“The biggest thing I take away from this is that we’re all human. We’re all monsters and we’re all gods and we all have the potential to do insane things or great things.” Nevitt said. “Your peers and the people you know can make your world a great place or an ugly place and unfortunately, Ron did both.”

The sole surviving member of the Stay family, 15-year-old Cassidy, spoke publicly Saturday for the first time since the incident on Wednesday, saying she looks forward to seeing her siblings and parents again soon.

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