WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A Walterboro native is one of the five people killed in a shooting near Phoenix, AZ. Investigators say former marine, former border patrol agent, and self proclaimed neo-nazi, JT Ready, killed four people before killing himself Wednesday afternoon. The victims range in age from a 16-month-old baby to a 47-year-old woman, and included Walterboro man 24-year-old Jim Hiott.
Hiott attended Colleton County High school. Former teachers say he took part in many extra curricular activities, like managing the basketball team.
"Jambob was my student assistant for two years. He was very reliable and trustworthy and really enjoyed being part of the basketball family," Coach Michael Tew said.
Coach Tew says everyone knew Hiott, 2007 graduate, as Jambob, which is pronounced like Jimbo. He says Hiott was involved in ROTC and wanted to make a career out of the military.
"It's really a tragedy to see somebody move along and grow as a person, a young man, then have their life just taken away from them," Coach Tew said.
Tom Finigan directed Hiott, when he played trombone in the band.
"He was just a good kid. He really tried hard. Always had smile on face. He was on our loading crew, helped with equipment all the time," Finigan said.
In addition to his involvement at the school, his former youth group leader also says he was very involved at church, attending youth service, taking trips, and volunteering.
Family friends say Hiott moved to Arizona last year.
Principal Cliff Warren says even though several years have passed since Hiott was a student, it's a sad loss for the high school.
"Once a cougar, always a cougar. When they leave us, we don't forget about them. They are always considered family to us, and when we lose a family member, it's just like losing someone currently with us. We feel that loss," Warren said.
Hiott joined the National Guard after high school and then the army, where he served a tour in Afghanistan. On his social media profile online he said it was a great time and experience.
Hiott's fiance, Amber Mederos and her 16-month-old baby girl were also killed in the shooting. Investigators haven't released a motive, but early reports suggest domestic violence