LODI, Calif. -- Patrick Purdy, who sprayed a Stockton schoolyard with rifle fire, killing five children before committing suicide, was buried quietly Friday in a private ceremony, a family spokesman said.
Five family members, including Purdy's sister, brother, uncle and grandmother attended the brief. graveside service at Cherokee Memorial Park about 15 miles north of Stockton, the spokesman said.
Arrangments were handled by Gierhart and Wells funeral home in Lodi. A spokesman at the funeral home, in keeping with a request from Purdy's grandmother, Julia Chumbley, had no comment.
Purdy, who on Tuesday strode onto the playground at Cleveland Elementary School wearing combat gear and toting a Chinese-made AK-47, a semi-automatic military rifle, harbored 'hate for everybody,' police investigators said.
Purdy, 24, a loner, apparently sought 'final revenge' for a troubled life and had no specific targets when he attacked the school, where he had been a former first through third grade student.
He fired as many as 110 rounds from the assault rifle, killing five children and wounding more than 30 other people, including a teacher.
Seventy percent of the school's 970 students are from Southeast Asia, and the five children who died were either Vietnamese or Cambodian. Their funerals were scheduled for Saturday and Monday in the Stockton area.
About 30,000 Southeast Asian refugees have settled in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Police Capt. Dennis Perry, the chief investigator, said he was aware of reports Purdy particularly hated Asians, but added, 'Through his lifetime, Mr. Purdy developed a hate for everybody. ...
'He was a loner. He had no friends, no girlfriends, and problems with alcohol, marijuana and a distinct dislike for everybody -- not any particular race but everybody,' Perry said.
It would be impossible to determine what finally drove Purdy to attack his former school and then kill himself with a shot to the head from a 9mm pistol, Perry said.
'We'll never know everything because he didn't leave us a message or a note, and without that we'll never know,' Perry said. 'In a way, he beat us because we'll never know why.'
An autopsy on Purdy's body, performed Wednesday, showed no intraveneous drug use or unusual physical evidence. Toxicology results are expected to be released next week. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.
Police said a search of Purdy's motel room in Lodi turned up about 100 green plastic toy soldiers, Jeeps and tanks arrayed in a mock battle. 'He obviously had a military hang-up of some kind,' Perry said.
Hand-printed on his camouflage shirt were 'PLO,' 'Libya,' 'Earthman' on the front and on the back 'Freedom' and 'Death to the Great Satin,' an apparently misspelled slogan that Iran uses to refer to the United States.
Carved into the rifle's stock was the word 'Hezbollah,' the name of a pro-Iranian Shiite faction based in Lebanon.