Barrett says he was neighbors with the Holmes family in Oak Hills neighborhood in Salinas, California
Barrett says the neighborhood was surrounded by strawberry fields on 2 sides, a school too.
Barrett also calls the gunman "jimmy"
Barrett says his children attended school with the convicted gunman
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"We love it that they had a young son and a young daughter" Barrett says of the Holmes family
Barrett says gunman was in the age group of other boys who hung out in the neighborhood
Boys were around 9-11 yoa when they met
Neighborhood had an HOA, swimming pool. "It was a real community neighborhood. We really were able to bond quite closely with all the neighbors that we had"
"He was a gentleman, he was sweet. he never was involved in any altercations" Barrett says of the convicted gunman
Barrett says he never saw gunman be mean to sister
"I never saw any confrontations with any neighbors whatsoever."
Did it appear to you that he fit in? "I think he fit very much into it."
"Not extremely outgoing, but he wasn't closed in. Not an introvert at that time"
"I think all those boys were having a great childhood"
Barrett says his home became a gathering place for the kids, because his wife didn't work in the hours after school let out
Barrett says Arlene Holmes informed him/his family about track team. Sons ran together, raced in northern Cali
"Jimmy was a great runner. He didn't like the long distance stuff but he liked the middle distance stuff. But the coaches were always encouraged and very proud"