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Alleged Christchurch gunman’s actions stun hometown

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Those who watched Brenton Tarrant growing up in the sleepy Australian country town of Grafton say they had no inkling of the potential evil he allegedly unleashed in merciless gunfire at two New Zealand mosques that claimed at least 49 lives.

The chief suspect in New Zealand’s worst mass shooting in modern history grew up in a modest house in suburban Grafton, a close-knit town of 20,000 in northern New South Wales state.

Jennifer Huxley, an Australian Broadcasting Corp. reporter, went through Grafton High School six years ahead of Tarrant.

She says some of his classmates remember him as a class clown, but teachers say he was sometimes disruptive and cruel to others.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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