The 26-year old shooter who opened fire inside a Texas Church, Devin Patrick Kelley, has some disturbing information emerging.
Kelley has been called ‘creepy,’ ‘crazy,’ ‘weird,’ and ‘depressed’ by various people on social media that knew him. Unlike the shooter in Las Vegas Stephen Paddock, Devin Kelley did have a social media presence, and many people that knew him are coming forward to paint a picture of who Kelley actually was.
1. Former classmates describe him as ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’, and ‘weird’.
DailyMail.com reported a number of quotes by classmates including these:
“I went to school with him. We had a few conversations here and there. It’s not something I expected from him.”
“He was an outcast but not a loner. He was popular among other outcast. I haven’t spoke to him since high school.”
“I grew up going to school with him… Always creeped me out and was different.”
2. He was aggressive about preaching atheism online.
Nina Rose Nava went to school with the gunman, wrote on Facebook:
“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 negative all the time.”
Michael Goff added:
“He was weird but never that damn weird, always posting his atheist sh** like Nina wrote, but damn he always posted pics of him and his baby – crazy.”
3. Right after high school, he went into the Air Force.
Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School 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. I was just shocked [to hear the news]. Still haven’t quite processed how he could have done that.”
4. He was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force because of domestic violence against his first wife and child.
Divorce records show he was also married once before to a Tessa Kelley. Kelley and his other wife divorced in 2012 – the same year that he was court-martialed for domestic violence.
Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek says Kelley was court-martialed on one count of assault on his spouse and another count of assault on their child, and sentenced to 12 months’ confinement, a reduction in rank and was discharged for bad conduct two years later.
Someone dishonorably discharged generally is prohibited from purchasing or carrying firearms, but it has not yet been determined if that was the case for Kelley.
5. Kelley’s LinkedIn account shows he taught Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church after his court-martial.
According to his LinkedIn account that shows him posing which a young child, Kelley volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church. Kind of weird if everyone knew him as an atheist?!
6. He was a licensed security guard.
Kelley was reportedly employed by Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels and licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a security guard at the time of the shooting.
Because the background checks to be a licensed security guard in Texas requires fingerprints, it would have been revealed if Kelley could or could not carry a weapon.
7. Kelley walked into the church wearing tactical gear.
According to local law enforcement sources, Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Sunday, dressed in black, tactical gear, a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and started firing. It was also reported that he wore a mask with a skull on it.
8. He had a connection to the First Baptist Church.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett said Monday morning, Devin Patrick Kelley’s ex in-laws attended the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where he unleashed a firestorm of bullets during the Sunday morning service.
It was also reported Kelley’s wife Danielle was a former teacher at the school, and her mother Michelle was a parishoner. The sheriff has since found it was his ex in-laws who attended the church, and that he and Danielle may have had a falling out.
Also reported to authorities was a domestic situation that involved his mother-in-law and he had sent threatening messages to her.
9. He lived with his wife and children at his parents’ house.
Neighbor Mark Moravitz told ABC News that Kelley lived at his parents’ house in New Braunfels with his wife and child, and that sometimes late at night, he would hear gunshots coming near the house.
Marriage records show the two tied the knot in Comal County, Texas on April 4, 2014, when Kelley was 23 and his bride was 19.
10. Kelley had four weapons that he had purchased after his discharge.
Investigators are still looking into this to determine if he should have been able to purchase the guns legally after his court-martial, but he recently posted a photo of an AR-15-style gun with the caption:
“She’s a bad b-tch”