Could church attack have been prevented?
Alleged killer ‘creepy atheist outcast’
More details continue to emerge about former airman Devin Kelley, the alleged shooter who took the lives of 26 congregants and injured 24 others at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas on Sunday.
Those who knew him claim Kelley was hostile towards those who believed in religion.
Former classmate Nina Rose Nava wrote on Facebook that, “He (Kelley) was always talking about how people who believe in God were stupid and was trying to preach his atheism.”
One of Kelley’s former friends shared his remorse and disgust at having allowed the mass-murderer into his home in years past.
“It’s scary to know this psychopath has been in my house. I can’t believe I was friends with this guy I literally would stay the night at his place when we were kids.”
According to CNN, his motive may become clearer in the coming days: “Kelley was convicted by a general court-martial on two charges of domestic assault against his wife and stepson. He then served 12 months in confinement at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in California before being released with a bad conduct discharge in 2014. He was also reduced in grade to E-1. Federal law prohibited him from buying or possessing firearms after this conviction.”
Initial information indicates that Kelley’s domestic violence offence was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database and investigators are trying to find out why.