Kham Xiong (AP Photo)
Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., graduated from Community of Peace Academy in 2004.
"The sad part is that he had been taught and been trained to protect and to fight. Yet it's such a tragedy that he did not have the opportunity to protect himself and the base," his father, Chor Xiong, told KSTP-TV through an interpreter.
Xiong's 17-year-old brother, Robert, described Kham as "the family clown, just a real good outgoing guy."
Community of Peace Academy Principal Tim McGowan told the AP that Chor Xiong informed the charter school of his son's death. Family members picked up pictures of Xiong on Friday for a memorial service, McGowan said.
"He was just a well-rounded individual with a great personality. He was very fun-loving, one who brought a smile to everyone's face he came across," McGowan said.
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