SEBRING, Fla. — Investigators spent hours at the home of Zephen Xaver, 21, collecting evidence and talking to people who know him. Collectively, they expressed shock at the violent crime, though some weren't entirely suprised by Xaver's involvement.
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A crime scene unit remained at the house where accused shooter Zephen Xaver, 21, lived with family members until about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Xaver is accused of multiple murders that occurred at a SunTrust Bank location in Sebring earlier in the day.
Neighbors who knew Xaver described the neighborhood where he lived with his family as a "peaceful place" and expressed shock at the day's events.
"They're a very normal family," said resident Sharon Spillane, who went on to say she'd been to the family's home for barbecues. She described Xaver as quiet, well-mannered, and well-spoken, and never showing any violent tendencies.
"I wouldn't bring my daughter around anybody that I would think would be dangerous or do anything like, this is crazy, it's not something he portrayed at all."
Further confusing the picture of Xaver is his prior employment history. Xaver was a corrections officer trainee, hired by the Avon Park Correctional Institution in November.
The Avon Park facility told us Xaver had no disciplinary issues while he worked there, but he did resign his position earlier this month.
One acquaintance not surprised
Xaver had a number of social media pages, all of which were taken down or deleted late Wednesday.
We did speak to one person who claimed to have been in an on-and-off relationship with Xaver over the past three years. The woman, who lives in Indiana, claimed that she and Xaver parted ways because "he wasn't right in the head."
"I knew he had problems, but he always talked about sh** like this," she said. "I told him to get help. He wouldn't."
Xaver has been charged with five counts of 1st degree murder by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.