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Sunday, 16-Jan-2011 3:34PM United Press International
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TUCSON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A neighbor of alleged Tucson gunman Jared Loughner said Sunday a change came over the entire Loughner family a few years ago.

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Lynne Raich said on ABC News' "This Week" that the joy suddenly seemed to disappear from the Loughner home and the family not only quit talking to their neighbors, but gave them the cold shoulder as well.

"Jared played in a jazz band, and I just loved sitting in my house listening to that music come out of the house", Raich said. "And something changed."

Raich said she even approached the Loughners to ask if she had offended. "There was no answer", she said. "I was just glared at and turned aback on."

Dr. Laura Nelson said on the same program that Riach's recognition that something was amiss was an excellent lesson for everyone when they suspect a neighbor is grappling with mental deterioration. "The earlier we identify the signs and symptoms, we engage this individual in communication and discuss what the options are, then the better opportunities we have to get them into treatment voluntarily, to get assistance and get help that they need", she said.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., told the audience federal healthcare reform plans include a basic mental-health benefit that would open a door for families to at least have a troubled member evaluated. "This is not a gap in law enforcement", she said. "We have a tremendous gap in coverage for mental healthcare."

Jared Loughner is accused of wounding U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a Jan. 8 shooting spree that ended with six dead and 12 others wounded.

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