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Austin Steele ‘never met a stranger’

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Befriended pair now charged in his brutal killing

By Kayla Vaughn

Austin Steele was a loving, generous young man who worked part-time jobs and liked to take off on his moped for solo excursions to the beach, says Peggy Rape, his caretaker for several years.
He was mildly autistic but was able to function independently most of the time, according to Rape. He was studying for his GED.
She says she would always ask him, “How far do I love you?” And he would respond, “To the moon and back.”


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