Gardena High student a 'sweetheart' who would not intentionally harm classmates, friends say
Friends who know the student believed to be at the center of the shooting at Gardena High School said they are sure he had no intention to harm his classmates.
"He was a sweetheart, always smiling and hugging people," classmate Para Ross said.
Ross, who is in the 11th grade, and others said that the student carried the gun for protection.
"I think he was just scared -- scared of what was going to happen when he left school and took the bus home," Ross said. "There are a lot of gangs around here. People are dying."
Brian Rogers, a sophomore, said that he had known the boy for a year and that he was not a violent person.
"He never would have done this on purpose," Rogers said.
Another student, Pamela Ezeanioma, said that he was popular and "always showed respect."
-- Sam Allen at Gardena High School