This story has been a roller coaster between the frightening, bizarre, and tragic, but it appears that it has all come to an end.
An 18-year-old woman, described as being “infatuated” with the Columbine Shootings, traveled from Florida to Colorado and forced multiple CO schools to close after repeated and believable threats of violence.
She has now been found dead.
According to Fox News:
Sol Pais,18, was found near the base of Mount Evans in Clear Creek County, located about 60 miles southwest of Denver, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader. Shrader said that Pais was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Everything that I’ve heard in briefings does not indicate that she had any assistance or friends in the area, just a fascination with the Columbine area and the horrendous crime that went on there 20 years ago,” he told reporters.
Some people are truly, truly sick.
She is clearly one of them.
The FBI’s Denver Office said on Twitter there was “no longer a threat to the community.”
Before Pais’s death was reported, 20 to 30 officers were seen Wednesday morning near the Echo Lake Campground during an extensive search operation, according to CBS Denver.
A woman who was hiking in the area Wednesday morning told CBS Denver she was told to leave the area because “a naked woman matching the description with a gun was spotted in the area running through the woods.”
Clearly, we weren’t dealing with a stable person here. Who knows what harm she was capable of.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI had said the 18-year-old was “considered to be extremely dangerous” after traveling to Colorado from Miami on Monday night before purchasing a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. Shrader said the gun was legally purchased at a gunshop in the Littleton, Colorado area and followed the state’s legal process.
Gun buyers in Colorado must provide fingerprints and pass criminal background checks.
I am grateful that she wasn’t able to harm others during this clearly unhinged rampage.
Her family, on the other hand, is devastated:
On Tuesday night, her father, in Surfside, Florida, told reporters through a closed door at the family home the experience was “like a bad dream.”
Her father, who was not identified, said the family last saw Pais on Sunday. A neighbor said the family moved to the area about 10 years ago, and that Pais was frequently spotted in the neighborhood and attended Miami Beach High School.
After the manhunt was over, Police Chief Julio Yero asked that the family be given “privacy and a little time to grieve.”
“This family contributed greatly to this investigation from the very onset. They provided valuable information that led us to Colorado and a lot of things that assisted in preventing maybe more loss of life,” he said.
I don’t even know how to make heads or tails of this. I don’t want to judge this family – they’re clearly suffering right now.
But part of me just doesn’t want to believe this happens to normal families. It’s too hard to wrap your head around. Could this have happened to anyone? The very thought of it is terrifying.
What a horrible, horrible thing this is.