“He was a very nice person,” she said in a phone interview. “It kind of blows my mind away. I wouldn’t think anything bad at all.”
A former acquaintance, Oui Suthametewakul, said Alexis lived with him and his wife from August 2012 to May 2013 in Fort Worth, but that they had to part ways because he wasn’t paying his bills. He described Alexis as a “nice guy” but said they had some differences.
Suthametewakul said Alexis had converted to Buddhism and was prayed at a local Buddhist temple.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which offers online courses in aviation and aerospace, confirmed that Alexis was enrolled as an online student via its Fort Worth campus, started classes in July 2012 and pursuing a bachelor’s of science in aeronautics.
“We are cooperating fully with investigating officials,” the university said.
Associated Press writers Mike Baker and Phuong Le in Seattle, Nomaan Merchant in Dallas, John L. Mone in White Settlement, Texas, and Lolita Baldor, Ben Nuckols and Brett Zongker in Washington contributed to this report.