Sunday afternoon, Devin Patrick Kelley stormed into a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church and opened fire, killing 26 and injuring many more.
While there is no question Kelley was deranged in his actions, it turns out those who knew him prior referred to him as “creepy,” “crazy,” and “weird.”
But Kelley's most well-known quality was his distaste for religion, with some referring to him as the first atheist they'd ever met. Just prior to the shooting, a number of his classmates from New Braunfels High School said they had deleted him as a Facebook friend because they couldn't deal with his hateful posts all the time.
Nina Rose Nava, who went to school with the gunman, wrote on Facebook:
In [sic] in complete shock! I legit just deleted him off my fb cause I couldn't stand his post.
He was always talking about how people who believe in God we're [sic] stupid and trying to preach his atheism.
Meanwhile, Christopher Leo Longoria replied:
I removed him off FB for those same reasons! He was being super nagtive [sic] all the timd [sic].
That said, others commented on Nava's post describing him as weird, but didn't think he was a murderer, especially considering he was a father who often posted photos of him and his baby. As Michael Goff wrote:
He was weird but never that damn weird, always posting his Atheist s**t like Nina wrote, but damn he always posted pics of him and his baby - crazy.
Following high school, Kelley joined the Air Force but was court-martialed in 2012 after he was charged with assaulting his wife and child.
The New York Times wrote:
He was sentenced to 12 months' confinement and received a “bad conduct” discharge in 2014, according to Ann Stefanek, the chief of Air Force media operations.
According to reports, the victims were aged between 5 and 72. Kelley gunned down two outside the church before entering the church and taking out many more.
According to Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt, Kelley killed himself after wrecking his vehicle following the attack.
As more information comes in, the Independent Journal Review will keep you updated.