The uncle of Robert “Bobby” Crimo III — the particular person of curiosity in Highland Park’s 4th of July parade mass capturing — mentioned there have been no indicators that his 22-year-old nephew would perform such carnage.
“There have been no indicators that I noticed that might make him do that,” Paul Crimo told CNN in a Monday night time interview after his nephew was taken into custody in connection to the capturing.
Robert Crimo was described as a recluse by his uncle and others who knew him, together with neighbors and former classmates.
Police mentioned at a press convention saying the arrest it’s believed Robert Crimo was liable for the hail of bullets that rang out in the course of the annual 4th of July parade.
However Paul Crimo mentioned he’s by no means seen his nephew act violent or exhibit regarding habits, based on CNN.
“I’ve nothing dangerous to say about him,” he informed the outlet.
However he famous, “He’s a quiet child. He’s normally on his personal. He’s a lonely, quiet particular person. He retains all the pieces to himself.
He mentioned he spends lots of time on YouTube and didn’t suppose he had a job.
“I affiliate with him, however I don’t actually like to have interaction with him. I say hello after which after I depart I say bye. That’s it,” he informed CNN.
The uncle, who has identified Robert since he was born and is brothers together with his father Robert Crimo Jr., was interviewed by authorities Monday and informed CNN his brother allowed police to go looking his residence.
“We’re good folks right here, and to have that is devastating,” Paul Crimo mentioned. “I’m so heartbroken for all of the households who misplaced their lives.”
A former classmate of Robert Crimo, Mark Heymann, 22, told NBC he couldn’t describe a lot in regards to the suspected shooter besides he was a rapper who launched music whereas they had been at school collectively at Highland Park Excessive.
“He at all times appeared slightly off, however I can’t describe it a lot past that,” Heymann mentioned.
Crimo glided by the moniker “Awake the Rapper” and posted quite a few songs on Spotify. He additionally had a disturbing social media historical past, based on a number of stories.
A neighbor who spoke to The Daily Beast mentioned Crimo would play loud heavy steel using round with an electrical bike, she mentioned.
“We don’t actually know him, however we see him using across the neighborhood,” she informed the outlet. “We by no means had any interplay with him, aside from we simply see him driving round.”
Each the uncle and neighbor mentioned Crimo’s household had deep roots in the neighborhood. Robert Crimo Jr. unsuccessfully ran for Highland Park mayor in 2019.
In close by Highwood the place Crimo was thought to presumably dwell by authorities, one other neighbor mentioned he didn’t know Crimo however would see him journey an electrical scooter most days, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“He was quiet,” Gio Montenegro, whose brother went to highschool with Crimo, informed the newspaper. “By no means mentioned nothing. Simply minded his enterprise, put his loud music on his scooter.”