Dimebag Darrell Abbott Shooter’s Mom Bought Him Gun
As a slain guitarist’s fans gathered in Texas to honor their favorite performer, a mother mourned in private in Ohio, knowing that her son is responsible for four deaths, NBC 4’s Holly Hollingsworth reported. Thousands of people turned out for a memorial Tuesday for “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was shot and killed Dec. 8 along with three other people at his band Damageplan’s concert at Alrosa Villa in Columbus. Nathan Gale committed the murders, and was killed himself by a policeman during the incident.
Meanwhile, funeral plans and the burial site of Gale, 25, of Marysville, are shrouded in secrecy. Gale’s mother, Mary Clark, spoke exclusively Wednesday with NBC 4 about her son and the incident that unfolded last week. The one thing Clark repeated over and over was her apology to the victims and the families left behind, Hollingsworth reported. Clark said Gale lives in her memory as a beloved son. “We were pretty close,” Clark said.
Clark confirmed to NBC 4 that her son suffered from a mental illness. She said he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic last year when he was sent home from the Marine Corps on an early medical discharge. “And I still didn’t understand the whole thing, but he came home with his medications, and I don’t know if he took them or not,” Clark said.
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SPECIAL SECTION: NIGHTCLUB SHOOTINGS
SLIDESHOW: ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott Memorial
DISCUSS: Deadly Nightclub Shooting
SLIDESHOW: Shooting Victims Mourned
SLIDESHOW: Alrosa Villa Candlelight Vigil
SLIDESHOW: Images From Scene
SLIDESHOW: Makeshift Memorials At Alrosa Villa
SLIDESHOW: Fans Memorialize ‘Dimebag’ Darrell