The quaint Puerto Rico house where Ivan Lopez grew up sits empty these days, his horrified family in hiding while reeling from a mix of shock and fear.
Neighbors watched as the killer’s dad and sister gathered the dead man’s clothes about 36 hours after Lopez was identified as the triggerman in the Fort Hood shooting spree.
The pair left the town of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, under cover of darkness.
A black-clad Ivanis Lopez “was pretty shaken,” said next-door neighbor Shelly Ruiz, 50. “Every time a car stopped or slowed down by the house, she would get rattled — maybe afraid of revenge or the press.”
“He was always a good person,” said Ronald Lopez, a cousin who grew up down the street from the shooter. “He was always interested in the Army and playing drums. He never caused any problems . . . My mom is devastated. She was like his second mom.”
But now neighbors walk down the street where Lopez once played hide-and-seek, speaking in whispers about the family’s misfortunes. “You would not expect this to happen to this family,” said Alexis Sanchez, 49, who lived across the street. “Not this family.”
But Ruiz recounted a conversation shared inside her home with Ivanis Lopez one day after the killings.
“She said, ‘I can’t believe what’s happening, what he did,’” recalled Ruiz. “She looked sad. I’m sure she has done a lot of crying. I tried to console her.”
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