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WIBX Exclusive: Kurt Myers Former Boss Remembers ‘Nervous’ Man Who Kept To Himself

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The former boss of the man behind this week’s Valley Shooting Spree murders says he thought of the name Kurt Myers (image) before the suspect’s name was publicly released.

Steve Copperwheat, who was a manager at Waterbury Felt in Oriskay says he remembers Myers as a nervous person.

Copperwheat says he only knew that Myers had a brother and mother, both of which had passed away.

He was unsure of Myers background, or where he grew up. ”Where where he was originally from, I don’t know. For some reason I’m thinking Maine, but I’m not sure.

Since the business they worked at relocated to New Hampshire a few years back, Copperwheat says he hadn’t seen Myers, and ”I don’t think anyone else had seen him for several years.”

But, Copperwheat recalled a ”strange encounter” recently at Wal-mart in a Herkimer parking lot. ”I saw him and called over to him…he said my name, then said ‘I’m retired’ and just kept walking,” adding Myers didn’t even say ‘hi’, and just continued looking for his car in the parking lot.

Even my son, who was with me at the time, said ‘What did you do to him?’

”He kept to himself, but a lot of guys did. He wasn’t part of any [clique], but we had a small group so we didn’t have a lot of cliques.

”[But], I would have never in a million years expected that.”

Shockingly, Copperwheat actually though it was Kurt Myers before his name was officially made public, because of the description of the suspect’s red Jeep. ”For some reason I put it together, and I thought, ‘I hope it’s not him,” adding that his son later found the suspect’s name on Facebook and confirmed his identity.

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