The people of San Antonio, Texas are still reeling from the horrific mass murder that occurred on Sunday, and investigators are coming closer to establishing a motive in the abhorrent crime.
According to authorities, Devin Kelley walked into Sutherland, Texas’ First Baptist Church yesterday and opened fire, killing 26 people including several women and children. Kelley was incredibly confronted by an armed witness, and possibly injured before fleeing. When law enforcement finally reached Kelley again he was dead in his vehicle from a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The crime itself has shown no apparent ties to terrorism at this early stage in the investigation, and Kelley’s personal life looks to be the likely culprit of the killer’s motivation to kill.
Kelley did, however, spread a missive of aggressive anti-religious drivel via his social media outlets in the weeks prior to targeting the church.
“Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who stormed First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire on Sunday, was ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and ‘weird’.
“Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School with the killer, told DailyMail.com: ‘He had a kid or two, fairly normal, but kinda quiet and lately seemed depressed.
“‘He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why.
“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 stupid and trying to preach his atheism’
“Christopher Leo Longoria replied: ‘I removed him off FB for those same reasons! He was being super nagtive (sic) all the timd (sic).’ “
A litany of similar responses have been made on various social media posts reiterating the odd behavior and hatred of religion that Kelley displayed.
Already, rumors of Kelley’s support of Senator Bernie Sanders likened him to the GOP baseball practice shooter James T. Hogkinson, although further investigation into Kelley seems to reveal that his targeting of this particular church had more to do with his ex in-laws than any political beliefs.