One of the 26 people killed during Sunday’s massacre was the gunman’s own grandmother-in-law, a relative told New York Daily News:
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Lula Woicinski White was 71 years old and a devout member of the church where Devin Kelley carried out his massacre.
“The whole family is very devastated,” Mary Mishler Clyburn reportedly said. “This is not something we ever expected. It’s just, I don’t know how to put it into words. They’re hurting a lot. The whole family is hurting a lot. I don’t know where we’re going from here. We’re going to have to take one day at a time.”
Earlier on Monday, news surfaced that Kelley’s rampage emanated from a domestic dispute with his in-laws. Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt revealed that Kelley’s in-laws periodically attended the church but appeared to say his wife’s parents were not at church when he opened fire on dozens of churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
His mother-in-law reportedly received a text message from Kelley on the day of his rampage and previously received threatening text messages from him as well.
Kelley died shortly after fleeing his massacre at First Baptist Church, where victims ranged from 18 months to 77 years of age.
After joining the Air Force, Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 and eventually discharged after allegedly assaulting his ex-wife and child. That got him a year in military prison.
Authorities also charged Kelley with “mistreatment, neglect, or cruelty to animals.” Despite those charges and the fact that Texas denied him a license to carry firearms, he was still able to obtain the AR-556 rifle he used to kill dozens on Sunday.