Current high school classmates of the Florida teen “infatuated” with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, who was found dead Wednesday after she traveled to the Denver area and purchased a shotgun, are shocked to hear about the chaos she stirred up before her demise.
The FBI confirmed the death of Sol Pais, 18, Wednesday afternoon. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said she died in what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Her body was found near the Echo Lake Campground in the Arapaho National Forest, which is situated at the base of Mount Evans, according to CBS Denver. Investigators headed to that area after someone reported they saw a woman who matched Pais’ description naked and running through the area with a gun, CBS Denver reports.
Pais is believed to have traveled to the Denver area from Miami early Monday before purchasing a pump action shotgun from a gun shop in the area. Colorado Gun Broker in Littleton confirmed it sold her the gun. Authorities previously warned that she was “armed and considered to be extremely dangerous” and that she was very interested with the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School.
Schools across the Denver metro area closed after comments Pais made, although authorities did not confirm exactly what she said, but noted she did not appear to threaten any specific school.
Pais was currently enrolled at Miami Beach High School, and she was supposed to be in class when she died.
Her classmates are reportedly shocked.
“She didn’t seem any type of way,” senior Justin Norris told the Miami Herald. “She was just bad at starting conversations.”
Another classmate described her as quiet.
“I would usually see her doing homework,” Eliana Donaire said. “She didn’t seem weird.”
Pais was enrolled in Advanced Placement courses.
“She never got in trouble at school,” neighbor Patricia Bilstin told news station WFOR.
Her online footprint however, does appear to reveal that she may have been troubled.
An online blog with a late 1990s aesthetic appears to belong to her, though it hasn’t been confirmed. It references the Columbine massacre and includes drawings of guns and of what appears to be the Columbine gunmen. It also references songs about Columbine including Marilyn Manson’s “The Nobodies.”
"I want to leave a record of myself before I, well..." the blog states.
A person with the same screen name as that website posted on a National Gun Forum message board about living in Miami and a desire to go to Colorado to get a gun.
She wrote, “The problem is i have no friends in FL who are into guns like me so it's not as fun having to do all of this alone (hence the trip to CO to see these more knowledgable friends), but hey, it's my damn choice what hobbies i wanna pick up and i don't need anybody else.”
Law enforcement has not said if she was meeting anyone in particular, or at all, in Colorado.
On a listography page which appears to belong to Pais, she wrote, “Be the best killer you can be.”
“The shadow of Columbine looms pretty large,” John McDonald, the school safety executive director of Jefferson County, said at a Wednesday press conference. “We are used to threats certainly at Columbine. This one felt different.”
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