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Alavaro Rafael Castillo was 18 years old when he murdered his father and planned a massacre at the Orange High School in North Carolina. Castillo had a YouTube channel and a handful of vlog-style videos in which he ranted and yelled about things that annoyed him. He also maintained journals in which he compiled a list of mass murders and school shootings, listing his own name as the final entry.
Castillo was obsessed with the Columbine High School shooting, but was also keenly interested in other mass murders. He also had a history of mental illness, with psychologists saying he suffered from major depressive disorder, as well as schizotypal and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
In his testimony, Castillo admitted to ‘putting his father out of his misery’. In reality, he shot his 65-year-old father seven times in the face and neck while he sat on the lounge.
He then drove the family’s minivan to the Orange High School in North Carolina, where he set off a cherry bomb and opened fire on the students with his semi-automatic rifle. He injured two people before his gun jammed and he was taken into custody.