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Page went on a deadly rampage Sunday, which ended when police officers shot and killed him outside a temple near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Before he died, Page shot and killed six people and wounded a police officer.

Page's story has a number of chapters in Colorado, some in the military, and a sizeable chunk in white supremacist groups.

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Page had been on the move around the country since the 1990s. In the early 90s, he called Colorado home and grew up in the metro area.

Page joined the army in 1992 and was demoted and discharged in 1998. In 1999, arrest records show Page had a DUI conviction in Denver, for which he performed community service.

That's around the time his family lost contact, and Page joined the white power movement. He shuttled back and forth between Texas and North Carolina in '96 and '97 before returning to our state until 2001.

Page made a brief stop in California in 2002 and came back to Colorado for an extended stretch. In 2007, he was back on the move to North Carolina for several years and most recently had been living in Wisconsin.

9Wants to Know has been tracking Page's Colorado roots and spoke with Page's stepmother, Laurie Page, who lives in Denver.

If there were any clues, any warning signs, you won't find them in old family photos, which show a smiling boy with brown hair camping and fishing.

"Just normal things that normal people do," Page said.

Page was Wade Page's stepmother for 20 years. His mother died in 1985, two years before he took a Littleton high school freshman photo in 1987. The photo bears almost no resemblance the shaved head, goateed man accused of domestic terrorism.

"He was a beautiful child," Page said. "I would not have known this was Wade. What has changed him? I have no idea and obviously we're never going to know."

Page was in two white supremacist bands, Define Hate and End Apathy. In an interview which has since been removed from the website for "Label 56," his record label, Page said he left Colorado and joined the white power music scene in 2000.

"He had Hispanic friends and he had black friends," Page said. "There was none of that."

Page says they lost contact more than a decade ago, around the time she divorced his father Jesse Page, who is now living in Texas and battling cancer.

Jesse Page has a listed phone number in Lago Vista, Texas which he did not answer Monday afternoon.

"I'm totally devastated," Page said. "His father is devastated. We're pretty much in shock."

The worst part, she says, is the pain felt by six other families.

"My heart goes out to those people," Page said. "I'm devastated for them."

She finds some comfort in pictures from happier times. Page chooses to remember her former stepson as a little boy, and not the man, full of hate, accused of the unthinkable.

"An unbelievably horrible thing," Page said.

Page's grandmother also lives in Denver. 9Wants to Know spoke with her briefly Monday.

She says, about two weeks ago, Page sent her a bouquet of flowers. His father in Texas tried calling him after that, but Page never answered.

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