On Sunday, a tragic shooting took place at a small church in Texas. The incident took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. At least 26 people have been confirmed dead and multiple others were injured.
The shooter was Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old and avowed atheist. He entered the church and opened fire on the crowd with his rifle. After, he fled in his vehicle and cops chased him down. Eventually, Kelley turned his gun on himself and he was found dead by authorities.
Now, former classmates are speaking out about Kelley’s hatred toward Christians. The Daily Mail interviewed multiple sources, each agreeing that his behavior throughout his life was unusual.
Kelley attended New Braunfels High School. He had a history of violence and at one point in his life was even given a “bad conduct” discharge from the Air Force.
Patrick Boyce, a former classmate, said that he noticed some signs of depression on Kelley.
He said, “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.”
Another former classmate, Nina Rose Nava, took to Facebook to talk about the incident.
She said, “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 were stupid and trying to preach his atheism.”
One person replied, “I removed him off FB for those same reasons! He was being super negative [all the time].”
Another classmate said that while Kelley was an outcast, he was not a loner. They said that he was “popular among other outcasts.” Others described Kelley’s behavior as “creepy,” “unusual,” and “angry.”
A former friend said, “It’s scary to know this psychopath has been in my house. I can’t believe I was friends with this guy and I literally would stay the night at this place when we were kids. I ended up distancing myself from him in school and he tried punching me several times. Dude was crazy man.”
Please continue praying for the families of the victims and for everyone else affected by this tragic incident. Share your prayers on Facebook. Last night, a few of the victims of the shooting were identified.