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Accused Missoula shooter has background of achievement

By Steve Fetveit, Anchor, sfetveit@keci.com
Published On: May 02 2014 08:23:39 PM MDT
Updated On: May 02 2014 09:08:47 PM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

As investigators piece together critical evidence at Markus Kaarma's home in Grant Creek’s Prospect neighborhood, we pieced together background information on the suspect.

We know Kaarma lives in a nice home in a quiet cul-de-sac with his partner and a small child.  We dug through public records and learned that the house is actually owned by Kaarma's relative.  Chong Oak Kaarma bought the house just last year.

Newspaper articles tell us he grew up in the affluent Mercer Island area of Seattle, Washington.

According to online articles we found from the now defunct Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Kaarma graduated from Mercer Island High School.  He was an accomplished athlete, excelling in football, track and most notably, swimming.  Markus Kaarma won Seattle’s 3A title in the 50 freestyle swim.  He also swam the anchor leg in a record setting 200 free relay and the Washington State champion 200 relay team.

When the Seattle newspaper profiled Kaarma, he told them about his aspirations to have a collegiate swimming career on the West Coast.  He also planned to get a college degree in criminal justice.