Former Alaskan accused in Texas murders

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife’s family, including four children, in Texas this week is a graduate of a suburban Anchorage high school where he was voted class clown and prom king.

Ronald Lee Haskell Jr. lived in Alaska until 2004.

He attended Chugiak High School, and was part of a tight-knit Mormon community in Eagle River, a small community about 10 miles north of Anchorage.

Drew Nevitt attended the same Mormon church as Haskell. Nevitt says Haskell was an older peer he looked up to, “just as a funny red-headed, freckled guy with a good personality.”

Nevitt described him as “the Chris Farley of Eagle River.” Nevitt and other former classmates said they struggled to understand how things changed so dramatically for Haskell.

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