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By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and BEN FINLEY
Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Neighbors say the man suspected of killing a former co-worker and wounding three others at a rail car factory in Virginia was a good friend and hard worker who showed no signs of violence.

Police say Getachew Fekede opened fire at the FreightCar America facility in Roanoke early Tuesday before killing himself. They say the 53-year-old from Kenya entered the U.S. through a refugee immigration program and was fired by the company in March when he stopped showing up for work.

Clarence Jones, a neighbor of Fekede, says he quit his job because he was being harassed by another man at work. Jones called Fekede "the perfect neighbor." Frank Myers, another neighbor, said Fekede was "an exceptionally nice guy."

Police have not yet released the names of the victims.

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