A 19-year-old Torrey Pines High School student who admitted to robbing four banks on Thursday may have been pushed to turn himself in after the death of childhood friend Chelsea King, according to a 10News report.
Evan McGehee was an honor student and on the varsity track team when he reconnected with King, a Poway High School runner and childhood friend.
Apparently McGehee's family suffered a number of setbacks and the teen was living out of his car his senior year. His father is said to have died when McGehee was 3 years old, and the family's Rancho Bernardo home was destroyed during the 2007 wildfires. He said he turned to robbing banks as a way to help his family.
"His life crumbled underneath him. He lost everything, and I don't know if people can grasp that," family friend Hortencia Moore told 10News.
Those close to McGehee told 10News that King's death might have prompted McGehee to turn himself in. More than 40 supporters attended court June 3 morning for McGehee's scheduled sentencing. Torrey Pines Assistant Principal Robert Coppo said McGehee had not been a student there since October, but, citing confidentiality laws, declined to give further information.
The judge delayed the sentencing until September so that McGehee could undergo an extensive psychological examination. His next scheduled court date is Sept. 10.
Staff Writer Jonathan Horn contributed to this report.