The uncle of Robert “Bobby” Crimo III – the person of interest in the mass shooting at the July 4 parade in Highland Park – said there was no evidence his 22-year-old nephew would carry out such a slaughter.
“I didn’t see any signs that would make him do it,” Paul Crimo told CNN in an interview Monday night after his nephew was taken into custody in connection with the shooting.
Robert Crimo was described as a recluse by his uncle and others who knew him, including neighbors and former classmates.
Police said at a press conference announcing the arrest that they believe Robert Crimo was responsible for the hail of bullets that rang out during the annual Fourth of July parade.
But Paul Crimo said he’s never seen his nephew be violent or have behavioral problems, according to CNN.
“I have nothing bad to say about him,” he told the outlet.
But he remarked, “He’s a quiet kid. Usually he is alone. He is a lonely, quiet person. He keeps everything to himself.
He said he spends a lot of time on YouTube and doesn’t think he has a job.
“I associate with him, but I don’t really like dealing with him. I say hello and then when I leave I say goodbye. It is,” he told CNN.
The uncle, who has known Robert since birth and is a brother to his father Robert Crimo Jr., was interviewed by authorities Monday and told CNN his brother allowed police to search his home.
“We’re good people here and to have that is devastating,” said Paul Crimo. “I am so heartbroken for all the families who have lost their lives.”
A former classmate of Robert Crimo, Mark Heymann, 22, told NBC he couldn’t describe much about the alleged shooter other than that he was a rapper who released music while they went to school together at Highland Park High.
“He always seemed a bit off the mark, but I can’t describe it beyond that,” said Heymann.
Crimo called himself “Awake the Rapper” and released numerous songs on Spotify. He also had a troubling story on social media, according to multiple reports.
A neighbor who spoke to The Daily Beast said Crimo would play loud heavy metal and ride around on an electric bike, she said.
“We don’t really know him, but we see him driving around the neighborhood,” she told the outlet. “We never had any interaction with him other than just seeing him drive around.”
Both the uncle and the neighbor said Crimo’s family is deeply rooted in the community. Robert Crimo Jr. ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Highland Park in 2019.
In nearby Highwood, where Crimo may have been living by authorities, another neighbor said he didn’t know Crimo but would see him ride an electric scooter most days, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“He was calm,” Gio Montenegro, whose brother went to school with Crimo, told the newspaper. “Never said nothing. Just minding his business and putting his loud music on his scooter.
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