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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are now tasked with launching an in-custody death investigation to determine what went wrong during the arrest and custody process that led to a teen shooting and killing himself in the back of a patrol car.
The man is 19-year-old Zachary Anam, a 2015 graduate of Bowie High School. While Anam had some run-ins with police in recent years, friends say that wasn’t the person they knew.
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Anam’s friends say he was a member of the wrestling team at least through his junior year.
“He was a big kind of mentor to me and for wrestling just teaching me stuff when I was a kid and then when I got in the high school,” said James Hollon, now a senior at Bowie High School. “Whenever we would hang out, he opened up from the heart, he didn’t really hide anything.”
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Other friends have echoed similar messages on Facebook. Sarah Nicolee said, “He was definitely a beautiful soul. I’m still trying to wrap my head around all of this, but Zac was such a great guy and the world deserves to know that he was more than what old crime reports put him out to be.”
Other high school friends describe him as the “coolest” person in high school.
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“He was a really funny guy, always good with the girls,” Hollon remembers. “He taught me a lot about that...
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