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Since his death following a wild chase and shootout with police in Decatur, Texas Evan Ebel's friends, including one former inmate, have discussed the struggles the 28-year-old faced after leaving prison in January.

Ebel is suspected of killing Colorado Departement of Corrections Director Tom Clements and Denver pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon in a crime spree that ended Thursday in Texas.

"He was telling me he was having trouble sleeping, I've been through the same thing myself," said Ryan Pettigrew a former inmate who claimed to continue a relationship with Ebel outside of prison.

Hear more in Mark Meredith's video story above.

Late Tuesday, neighbors confirmed to FOX31 Denver that law enforcement had searched Ebel's previous home in Commerce City. Sources reported the 28-year-old was also employed at a Denver area law firm thanks to his father's connections.