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Mich. pastor recalls Harris family

OSCODA, Mich., April 23 -- A Michigan pastor who used to live across the street from the family of Colorado school shooter Eric Harris says he's certain the teenager's parents are 'devastated over the whole thing.' Rev. William Stone and the Harris family were neighbors in Oscoda in the early 1990s, when Eric's father, Wayne Harris, was stationed at the nearby Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Eric attended third and fourth grades in Oscoda before his father was transferred in 1991 to a base in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The family later moved to Littleton, Colo.

Stone said today he didn't know Eric or his older brother, Kevin. But he got to known Wayne and his wife, Katherine, and calls them 'great neighbors.' He says, 'They were a nice-looking family.' Eric Harris and another teen, Dylan Klebold, went on a bombing and shooting rampage Tuesday at Columbine High School near Denver. Fifteen people, including the shooters, died. Stone says Wayne Harris, an Air Force pilot who flew refueling tanker planes from Wurstmith, appeared to be a good father. Stone says, 'I remember Wayne putting up a basketball net by the driveway and then he would be out there playing with his boys.' He describes Katherine as 'always friendly.' Stone, the pastor at a local Presbyterian church, says, 'I always thought they were a wonderful family.' But in the wake of the massacre he says, 'I know the parents are just devastated over the whole thing.' ---

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