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Deputy: Accused school shooter said 'Shoot me, kill me, you'll like it'

Posted August 4, 2009

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— Orange County deputies and two students who witnessed a shooting at Orange High School in 2006 testified at the accused shooter's trial on Tuesday.

Deputy London Ivey was a resource officer at the school when the shooting happened Aug. 30, 2006. He testified that as he approached the accused shooter, Alvaro Rafael Castillo yelled at him: "Ivey, shoot me! Kill me! You'll like it! You'll like it!"

Castillo, 22, of Hillsborough, is charged with fatally shooting his father, Rafael Huezo Castillo, before driving to Orange High and firing at the school. Castillo has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges.

Ivey said that Castillo also shouted "Remember Columbine" – a reference to the April 20, 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colo.

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Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Daniel rode with Castillo to UNC Hospitals for a mental evaluation after he was arrested. He said Castillo told him that he had an "imaginary twin brother named Red," who told him to hurt and rape people and get them to rape him. Daniel said Castillo told him this was the first time he had acted on it.

“He actually asked me if I thought he was crazy. I told him I didn’t know," Daniel said.

Castillo said told Daniels he selected the date Aug. 30 because it was the birthday of a famous "shooter."

Castillo said he liked a woman whose younger sister went to Orange High, Daniel said. Castillo related that he sent the woman a tape or letter that offended her. Castillo said he reached out to her again before the incident through a letter or tape to let her know that her sister would not be harmed, Daniel said.

Two students suffered minor injuries before Castillo was tackled by school personnel.

One of those students, Tiffaney Utsman, a senior at the time of the shooting, gave emotional testimony Tuesday about the "silver object the size of a nickel" that hit her in the chest.

"I was eating lunch with my friends and out of the blue somebody shot through the window," she said. "Something hit me in the chest. I hit the wall and I fell to the floor."

Students started screaming and dropping to the floor, she said. Some ran away.

"I had a small abrasion in my chest. It was very swollen ... and it hurt," Utsman said. "I was very dizzy. I had thrown up several different times."

Emergency crews took her to UNC Hospitals where she was treated and released about three hours later, she said.

"I couldn’t move my arm for three to four weeks after it happened," Utsman said. "There was a big bruise around (the wound). I developed a cough for two to three weeks  ... It left a tiny one (scar.)"

Utsman said she was advised to seek medical attention for her arm and cough, but she declined.

An investigator with the Orange County Sheriff's Office detailed bullet holes found in a vehicle next to Castillo's in the school's parking lot.

The investigator said the Durham County bomb squad went into the van to retrieve a homemade pipe bomb and other items.

Tuesday was the second day of testimony in the case. Castillo's trial is expected to last into next week.

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  • NC Reader Aug 5, 2009

    """He thought he had been chosen by God to sacrifice his father and others,” said attorney James Williams."

    Yet another one brainwashed with religion. When, oh when will it ever stop? Learn to be a freethinker!
    ptahandatum2"

    pta -- This man was apparently mentally ill. Mentally ill people can "hear voices" from all sorts of sources -- God, plants, microchips embedded in their brains, etc. This had nothing to do with religious beliefs but with a seriously disturbed person. And, no, I'm not advocating that he get off because of that. Mentally ill people who kill need to put away for life, but some sort of prison mental ward might be a more appropriate place.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Aug 4, 2009

    As far as I am concerned, he took another life and therefore does not deserve to live.

  • Lead by Example Aug 4, 2009

    Since this happened in Orange County we all know he won't get the death penalty.

    I only hope that the jury can see past the bogus argument about the temporary insanity and convict him. This boy needs life in prison without the chance of parole. Society cannot take a chance on him ever being free again, mental illness or not.

  • Ptah Aug 4, 2009

    ""He thought he had been chosen by God to sacrifice his father and others,” said attorney James Williams."

    Yet another one brainwashed with religion. When, oh when will it ever stop? Learn to be a freethinker!

  • The Fox Aug 4, 2009

    [I can think of no worse punishment to someone wanting to die now than to be made to live for a long time in jail. A quick end would just be too good for them.] I tend to agree. I think life in prison is actually the worst punishment.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 4, 2009

    Is this a conflict of interest? If you look at the picture of the Deputy, and the picture of the murderer, they look like twins.

  • dugmeister Aug 4, 2009

    'Shoot me, kill me, you'll like it' .... isn't that an AC/DC song?

  • oldcorp Aug 4, 2009

    And now we shuttle just one more person off to be kept cool in the summer, warm in the winter, clothed, comfortable and well-fed. At least we don't have to hear another race-related hubub. They say we have the best system in the world. Hard to believe sometimes.

  • SaveEnergyMan Aug 4, 2009

    It's called suicide by LEO. They want a LEO to shoot them because they can't do it to themselves. Sick and selfish because it leaves the officer with that memory forever. Shooting someone is a tough thing. It's easy to say you could do it without hesitation, but LEO are trained to only kill in cases of an immediate threat to others.

    I know Deputy Ivey personally and he is fine LEO and person. Let the courts deal with the murderers. I can think of no worse punishment to someone wanting to die now than to be made to live for a long time in jail. A quick end would just be too good for them.

  • Raleigh Boys Aug 4, 2009

    Castillo will soon be enjoying the best fried chicken one can get in Orange County. At the Orange County jail. Watch some free cable tv, enjoy the air conditioning, and some chicken, all free.

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