Former classmates of Devin Patrick Kelley, the deceased suspect allegedly behind the deadly mass shooting Sunday at a church in Texas, described him to reporters as a “creepy,” “crazy” and “weird” anti-Christian zealot who used his Facebook page to proselytize about atheism.
“He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re (sic) stupid and trying to preach his atheism,” former classmate Nina Rose Nava wrote to the U.K. Daily Mail.
Christopher Leo Longoria, another former classmate, said he eventually removed Kelley as a Facebook friend because of the constant negativity he had expressed.
Patrick Boyce, who reportedly attended New Braunfels High School with Kelley, described the suspected killer as “the first atheist I met.”
“He went (to the) Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why,” he added.
The Daily Beast confirmed that Kelley had indeed entered the Air Force, where he was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and their child.
“A judge sentenced him with a bad-conduct discharge, 12 months confinement, and two reductions in rank to basic airman, according to an appeals court decision in 2013 that affirmed the decision against Kelley,” The Daily Beast reported.
According to Fox News, Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs around 11:20 a.m. Sunday morning dressed in black tactical gear and reportedly wearing a ballistic vet. He then allegedly used a Rudger AR to mow down 26 men, women and children, including the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter, after which he attempted to flee but was reportedly gunned down by a good guy with a gun.
While Kelley’s reported Facebook activities paint a picture of an anti-Christian zealot, his LinkedIn page listed him as a former teacher’s aide for a Vacation Bible School in Kingsville, where he reportedly taught for roughly a month, according to the New York Daily News. What remains unknown is why the position lasted only a month, let alone why he even chose to work at a Christian organization if he disliked Christians so much.
Another former classmate of Kelley’s claimed she grew up attending the same school as him.
“I grew up going to school with him … always creeped me out and was different,” the classmate, who asked to remain anonymous, said to the Mail.
One of Kelley’s former friends described as outright “crazy.”
“I ended up distancing myself from him in high school after he got in an argument with me in school and he tried punching me several times,” the friend said. “Dude was crazy man.”