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Iowa native says she previously had class with Florida gunman

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A young woman from Iowa says she sat next to the 19-year-old man who has now confessed to the shooting in Florida.

19-year-old Kamrie Bazel says she attended the high school where the shots rang out, and she graduated last spring.

She says her family moved to Parkland from Iowa years ago. Bazel graduated last year and knew the gunman, Nikolas Cruz.

"Every single day I would walk into class and you would never expect him to do such a horrible thing. It's absolutely crazy. Like, knowing I sat right next to a mass shooter; it's absolutely crazy," she says. 

Bazel describes the shooter as quiet and a bit off, but says there were enough warning signs that something was coming.

“I followed him on social media before all the pictures were taken down, you know, all of the pictures were of guns and ammo and a bunch of crazy stuff that should have been reported. No one really took it seriously,” said Bazel.

The suspect is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

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