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Document's Show Nebraska Shooter Was a Troubled Teen

Hundreds of pages of transcripts and reports detail the troubled life of the young man who killed eight people at a Nebraska mall before killing himself.

When Robert Hawkins turned 18, his father and social workers decided to give him what he had been asking for -- freedom to live his own life and take the consequences for his actions -- The Omaha World-Herald reported.

"It is beyond my ability, and I have to release him to God, praying that He will make sure that nothing happens to him that cannot be undone," Hawkins' father said.

Hawkins spent much of his troubled teenage years in residential treatment or supervised release. Angie Pick, his caseworker, said he wanted to escape court supervision but was not willing to take the necessary steps.

When Hawkins was 18, Pick said he had gotten what he could from the system.

"At 18 years of age, it is time for Robbie to take responsibility for his actions alone and face the joys and consequences of those actions," she wrote, 16 months before the Dec. 5 massacre.

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