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Accused soldier recalled in Ohio as genial star

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The soldier being held in the gunning down of Afghan civilians is remembered by people who knew him growing up in Ohio as a good-natured, smart student who was a key player on a high school football team that included a future NFL player.

Those who knew Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales as a teenager are stunned to hear him accused of the shooting of 16 Afghans.

Steve Berling was a teammate of Bales' in the early 1990s at the high school in the blue-collar Cincinnati suburb of Norwood.

He calls the allegations "some crazy stuff." He and Bales were all-league players on a team that starred Marc Edwards, who played for Notre Dame and NFL teams.

 Berling says Bales also helped care for an autistic young person.

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