Could church at­tack have been pre­vented?

Al­leged killer ‘creepy athe­ist out­cast’

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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.

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