NORMAN, Okla. -- The father of a University of Oklahoma
student who committed suicide outside a packed football stadium
using explosives said Monday his son didn't intend to harm anyone
else or push a political agenda.
Joel Henry Hinrichs III, 21, died Saturday when a device
attached to his body exploded about 8 p.m. while he sat on a bench,
officials said. The blast could be heard inside the stadium less
than 100 yards away where more than 80,000 people attended OU's
game against Kansas State.
Joel Hinrichs Jr. said his son did not leave a suicide note and
that FBI agents told him hydrogen peroxide was used to construct
On Sunday, FBI investigators searched the younger Hinrichs'
Norman apartment and his family home in Colorado Springs, Colo.
As a father, Hinrichs said he wants to believe that the
explosion was an accidental death, but said the evidence clearly
points to suicide.
"He was checking out," Hinrichs said.
"He was pretty disengaged from politics," the father told The
Associated Press. "And he took the care to select an open area
where there was no one around."
An FBI spokesman said officials were not yet releasing any
additional details about the incident.