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Cousin: Gun buyer knew Evan Ebel for years

Evan Ebel
Posted at 9:13 PM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-28 21:13:00-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The woman accused of buying the gun used to kill Colorado's corrections chief knew the shooting suspect for years, and the two had been hanging out after he was released from prison, according to her cousin.

Twenty-two-year-old Stevie Marie Vigil is accused of buying the gun and later giving it to Evan Ebel. He's suspected in the shooting deaths of Tom Clements on March 19 and pizza deliveryman Nathan Leon two days earlier.

Vigil's cousin, Victor Baca, said Thursday he doesn't know why she may have bought the gun. He says Ebel may have intimidated her, or she may have felt she needed it for protection.

He described Vigil as a good, hardworking girl studying to be a nurse who isn't fond of guns.