Mother of slain Reynolds teen: 'Hug your kids'

Credit: Photo released by Hoffman family

Emilio Hoffman, 14, was shot and killed at the Reynolds High School shooting.


by KGW Staff

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Posted on June 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 8:48 AM

TROUTDALE, Ore. – The mother of a slain teenage boy, killed during the Reynolds High School shooting, said Wednesday that her son knew he was loved and that she has no regrets as a parent.

Emilio Hoffman, 14, a freshman at Reynolds High School, was shot and killed by fellow student Jared Padgett, 15, on campus Tuesday morning, according to police.

Padgett entered the school at around 8 a.m. with an AR-15 style assault rifle and nine loaded magazines of ammunition. He shot Hoffman and wounded teacher Todd Rispler before shooting himself, Portland police said.

More: Student killed, teacher injured at Reynolds shooting

In a statement sent Wednesday, Hoffman’s mother, Jennifer, said she and her family attended a vigil for victims Tuesday evening and felt overwhelmed by the community support.

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“We were humbled by the response from his friends, teachers and community,” Jennifer Hoffman said.

Emilio lived in Gresham and Troutdale his entire life and attended Kelly Creek Elementary, Gresham Arthur Academy, Reynolds Arthur Academy, and Walt Morey Middle School. He had one sister and three brothers, his mother said.

He enjoyed science, history and played on the Reynolds Raiders junior varsity soccer team. Coaches tweeted that he was "a great soccer player and a great friend."

“Soccer was his whole life,” Jennifer Hoffman said.

After his death was announced Tuesday, there was an outpouring of support for him on social media.

“Emilio loved his friends, and his friends loved him. You couldn't be around Emilio without laughing,” his mother said Wednesday. “Anyone who has ever met Emilio laughed with him.”

In the wake of the tragedy of losing her son, Jennifer urged parents not to take their children for granted.

“Love your kids. Hug your kids every day. And live with no regrets,” Jennifer Hoffman said. “I don't have any regrets with Emilio, none, and he knew that.”