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10/13/2011 02:15 am ET Updated Dec 12, 2011

Scott Dekraai, Suspected Seal Beach Salon Shooter, Discussed By Neighbors And Co-Worker

ends of Scott Dekraai say he was a lovable sportfishing captain until a gruesome accident killed his co-worker, nearly severed Dekraai's legs and turned him into "a ghost of who he was."

When longtime friends of Scotty Dekraai saw him being carted away by police on live TV Wednesday, they scarcely recognized him.

Gone was the trim and lovable Wilson High Grad who fished the local waterfront and worked gritty port docks. In his place was a disheveled, aged, perhaps bloated figure, accused of gunning down his ex-wife and eight others at a Seal Beach hair salon.

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