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Accused Planned Parenthood shooter has Louisville, Ky. roots

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man in the 1970's JCPS high school yearbook picture at right is the accused shooter in the nation's latest mass shooting: the tragedy that left nine shot, and three dead, at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado.

On Monday, WDRB investigated the Louisville roots of Robert Dear -- the man accused of being the shooter.

As the stories started to surface on another mass shooting, and the country began to mourn, members of the Westport High School alumni Facebook group began to chat online.

Audubon Park Police Chief Doug Sweeney says he does not remember Robert Dear directly, but they were enrolled at Westport at the same time.

"Somebody mentioned, 'Hey, I think this guy went to school with us,'" Sweeney said.

He says learning a man accused in a massacre was part of his childhood is troubling.

"It's kind of creepy to think I walked the halls with a guy that would one day kill somebody that worked in the same profession as I did," he said.

Westport is a middle school now, but when Dear attended school there, it housed kids in grades 7-12. The yearbook says he was part of the class of 1976. It was a time before student assignment, where kids lived in the neighborhoods surrounding their schools.

Classmates remember Dear from the Rolling Hills subdivision. They'd often see him working out. David Corum remembers Dear from homeroom.

"He would jog with barbells running down the street -- that kind of a guy," Corum said. "Just kind of a brash guy, a bit of aloof...somewhat of a loner in high school and as he got older, I saw that."

Dear moved out of Louisville after graduation. Reports say he moved back to the Carolinas at one point living in a rundown shack. With no serious convictions, he flew gently off the radar -- until the mass shootings in Colorado last Friday.

All of which leaves his former classmates trying to make sense out of the senseless.

Dear made his first court appearance, via video conference Monday afternoon. The judge advised Dear that he's being held without bond on suspicion of first degree murder.His next hearing will take place December 9th.

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