The older half-brother of Oxford High School fighter Ethan Cromble expressed his shock at Four students were killed – He says that he has always known the teenager as a calm but happy child who does not have violent tendencies.
“The Ethan I knew was just a smart boy who looked like a normal kid,” Elie Crumble, 18, He told the Daily Mail Wednesday. “There was absolutely nothing that stood out to me. He wouldn’t be expelled from school — or detained.
“He wasn’t depressed or anything like that. He woke up happy, went to school, went home and played games,” added the half-brother, who shares the same father with Ethan.
Eli told the news outlet that he left Michigan to live with his biological mother in Florida, where he grew up, due to issues with his relationship with his stepmother.
“It wasn’t as cool as it could be. Going back to Florida was the best option for me,” he said, without going into details.
On Wednesday, Ethan was charged with first-degree murder, terrorism and assault in the shooting attack that killed four students and injured seven others when he fired with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, his father James said, Bought on Black Friday, the authorities said.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen MacDonald said she is also “considering the charges against both parents.”
Investigators said they were still trying to determine a motive for the fatal shooting because Ethan had not spoken to them. However, some classmates said the boy was being bullied, according to reports.
“I don’t really know his reasons behind this,” Eli told the news outlet, adding that he was surprised to hear that bullying might have been a factor because Ethan was not picked as a child.
“I’d like to talk to him but I don’t think this is something that will happen for some time,” he said.
Eli said he reached out to his father on Tuesday night after hearing about the mass shooting.
He said, explaining that when he was unable to locate his father, he called his former employer who said the family home was cordoned off by law enforcement.
He said he was also surprised to learn that his father had purchased a Sig Sauer revolver used in the bloodbath.
I didn’t know he had a gun until after this happened. It’s still hard to believe. Eli said.
The young man painted a picture of Ethan in stark contrast to the deadly violence he allegedly unleashed at school.
“As far as I know, Ethan has always been good. He was quiet, kept to himself, and kept his circle of friends small. He was a clean kid, didn’t smoke or do drugs, nothing,” Elle told the Daily Mail.
“And he got good grades. He wanted to be an archaeologist.” When I lived there, nothing seemed right. We would just walk to the bus stop in the morning, go to school, come home, and maybe play football outside or basketball. We were just resting, and we wouldn’t do much.”
He said that Ethan’s favorite pastime was playing video games at night – Minecraft being the best.
The only recent problems Ellie knew of that Ethan experienced were the loss of an aunt two months ago, as well as his dog, Tank.