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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The father of Liam Husted, 7, the boy from San Jose whose body was found by hikers on a Southern Nevada trail, spoke at his son's vigil on Thursday.

"Look how many people love you," Nicholas Husted said, as if he were talking to little Liam.

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In front of a crowd of family and friends, Husted described Liam as a little boy with a big smile, who loved La Colina Park in San Jose.

"This was his second home," Husted said.

"Every time... every," Liam's godfather, Michael Velasco added. "This is the park that he'd want to go."

"That hill right there, he'd beat me up there," Husted continued.

Now, the uphill battle to make any sense of what happened to his son.

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A South Bay man believes he had an encounter with 7-year-old son Liam Husted shortly before he was reported missing and ultimately found dead along a Las Vegas trail.

Liam's body was found on a trailhead outside Las Vegas on May 28. He was formally identified earlier this week, after investigators got a tip from a family friend who recognized a sketch of the child and called police.

"He didn't deserve any of this," Husted told reporters on Thursday. "And that's the hardest part, is knowing that I wasn't there to protect him."

Through a nationwide search, the FBI found and arrested Liam's mother, Samantha Moreno Rodriguez, 35, on Tuesday morning in Denver, Colorado.

"He did not deserve any of that," Husted said through tears. "And that's what I wanted him to know... That he was a good boy and he didn't do anything wrong."

"And daddy loves him so much," he shared.

Husted said he last saw Liam on the May 23, the night before going to work.

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"Normally, I would sleep with him and Sunday, I didn't. Normally I'm in bed, holding his hand, and I didn't. These are the types of things that I'll never get back," he said.

However, Husted is taking with him the memories. He called Liam smart, energetic and mischievous.

"He was amazing," he added, after taking a moment to reflect.

Husted won't soon forget the moments made at La Colina Park either- his son's favorite place, Liam's "second home."

"I just look in every direction and I see him," Husted said. "It's nice to be here with him."

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'School of Rock' actor Brian Falduto says he was homophobic towards himself after his role in the 2003 film

The cast of the 2003 film, "School of Rock," pose together. Frederick M. Brown

  • Brian Falduto appeared on the "Cooper and Anthony Radio Show" on June 8.
  • Falduto, 29, recalled his time working on the 2003 film "School of Rock." 
  • He said the role made it difficult to address his sexuality.
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"School of Rock" actor Brian Falduto said his role left him "in denial" about his sexuality. 

Falduto appeared on the "Cooper and Anthony Radio Show" last week to talk about the 2003 film and his character, Billy. In the movie, Billy was nicknamed "fancy pants" after Jack Black's character appointed him as the school band's stylist. His line, "You're tacky and I hate you," even emerged as one of the film's standout quotes. 

Falduto explained that he later internalized the homophobia directed towards him, making it difficult to acknowledge his sexuality. 

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"I didn't come out until my senior year of college. I was in so much denial," Falduto, 29, said. "Think about it: I was in the fifth grade when this movie came out, and I was called gay, and then someone told me that's not cool. So I was just like, 'Oh okay, then I'm not gay."

Falduto continued: "I was denying it before I even had a notion of what it was. So by the time I realized I was potentially gay, I was already homophobic towards myself, essentially." 

In 2018, Falduto wrote about being labeled "the gay kid" after the film in a touching essay for The Advocate. 

"Then, from 2004 onward, I spent about ten years building up reservations about myself. Often they didn't even have to do with sexuality," he wrote at the time. "I had shut down the idea that I could be gay so early on in my life that I eventually believed I wasn't. But the damage was already done. My self-doubt was so ingrained in me that I was subject to everyone's opinions all the time."

Now, Falduto is a life coach for the LGBTQ community whose experiences have shaped his understanding. 

"It's so fascinating to me how the mind works and how it locks into these different conditioning and behavior patterns just because of one thing you told yourself 14 years ago," said Falduto. 

Falduto was among several cast members who paid tribute to Kevin Clark, a former castmate who died in May after being killed by a driver. 

"We will miss you, Kevin. Thank you for finally forgiving me (in 2016) for making you wear spandex & heels. So, so much love to you, you wickedly talented & wonderfully kind man," Falduto wrote.


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