Crimean blast - what is known so far about Kerch shooter

Source : 112 Ukraine

Vladislav Roslyakov was a quiet, reserved person. He had bad marks and tortured animals
11:29, 18 October 2018


Vladislav Roslyakov, a student of Kerch college, launched an attack in the institution, which led to 18 deaths and 53 people injured, as the Russian Investigation Committee reported.

Roslyakov has been identified as a person with a gun on a videotape. He was alone. Preliminary information about a group of the criminals was not confirmed.

After the mass murder, Roslyakov committed suicide. His body was found on the second floor of the college. He did not leave a suicide note. There was another explosive device in his bag. The investigators are gathering information about a young man to find out what made him commit this terrible thing.

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Vladislav Roslyakov was 18 years old, he lived in Kerch. He entered the college in 2015. He was learning installation, technical set-up and maintenance of electrical installations and civilian buildings. The teachers said that there was nothing special about this student, he had bad marks, he was receiving scholarship, he was also polite and quite, never behaved aggressively. He never had problems with law, never had police records.

Students who knew Roslyakov stated that he hated the college because of “angry teachers” and hinted that “he would punish them.” His groupmates noted that he was reserved, not really sociable, he deleted his accounts in the social media. Roslyakov was also interested in maniacs.

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His family was described as “troubled,” his parents were divorced. His father is disabled, Vladislav lived with his mother, who was working in Kerch oncological dispensary as a nurse. Recently, she was a member of Jehovah's Witness organization. Parents are being questioned.

His father told that it was hard for him to communicate with his son. He was reserved and rarely told anything. He did not have friends, he had one earlier but then they stopped communicating. According to the father, the teenager was into computer games and arms.

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Kerchinfo reporters managed to talk to the neighbors, who described him as a violent person, who abused animals.

“He was very violent. He used to catch cats, choked them with a rope. We always chased him off. And then when they (his parents, - ed.) got divorced, he moved to another apartment,” one of the neighbors said.

Some people, who knew Roslyakov, thought that he could take the gun in his hands because of unrequited love. The young man was dating a girl for five months, but then she broke up with him. The boy could search for her in the college for revenge.

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Some media reported that the shooter had an account in Vkontakte social network under a nickname Vladislav Reykh and was really into the murders who committed mass murders in the U.S. schools. This information was not confirmed.

In September, Roslyakov obtained permission to have a shotgun of 12 caliber and bought 150 bullets.

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