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    Report: Texas Church Shooter Was Atheist, Thought Christians ‘Stupid’

    Report: Texas Church Shooter Was Atheist, Thought Christians ‘Stupid’

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    by BOB PRICE

    5 Nov 2017Sutherland Springs, TX

    The man who shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday is reported to be a creepy, crazy, and weird outcast who preached atheism online.

    Former classmates of the Texas church shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, said he was an atheist and outcast who thought Christians were stupid, the Daily Mail reported.

    “He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism,” former New Braunfels High School classmate Nina Rose Nava posted on Facebook. She said she was in “complete shock” after learning Kelley was the killer. “I legit just deleted him off my fb cause I couldn’t stand his post.”

    Facebook user Christopher Leo Longoria responded, saying, “I removed him off FB for those same reasons! He was being super nagtive (sic) all the timd (sic),” the news outlet reported.

    Another classmate, Patrick Boyce, told the Daily Mail, “He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why.” He said Kelley seemed depressed lately. “He had a kid or two, fairly normal,” he said. “I was just shocked. Shill haven’t quite processed how he could have done that.”

    Responding to Nava’s Facebook post, Michael Goff stated, “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.”
    Nava described her former classmate as an outcast but not a loner. “He was popular among other outcast. I haven’t spoke to him since high school,” she wrote.

    Sill another outcast, whose identity the Daily Mail kept private, said “I grew up going to school with him… Always creeped me out and was different.”

    She said that Kelley recently made a comment on one of her Facebook posts, “I said I just want to move back to Texas,” she explained. “He said something along the lines of ‘Texas isn’t any better.”
    “It’s crazy to think I grew up with him,” she stated. “Same town. Same school. Same classes.”

    “He was different in school and creeped me out but never would I have thought he would do such a horrific thing.”

    Cord Eubank Brown, another former classmate, took to social media and said, “There were people I knew who stayed away from this guy for many reasons, which all make sense now.” Brown said he recently received a friend request from Kelley on Facebook.

    After carrying out one of the worst church shootings in recent history, Kelley was shot by a resident of Sutherland Springs and fled the scene. Multiple residents reportedly pursued Kelley as he fled from the church until he crashed a few miles later. Police discovered multiple weapons and possible explosives inside his SUV, the Daily Mail reported.

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    Report from the Daily Mail.

    EXCLUSIVE: 'Creepy, crazy and weird': Former classmates say Texas gunman was an 'outcast' who 'preached his atheism' online before killing 26 in the state’s worst ever mass shooting



    • Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others in Texas
    • Walked into First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire
    • He was wearing black, tactical gear and carrying a military style assault rifle
    • Kelley was shot by local Stephen Willeford, 55, and died after a car chase
    • Former classmates have described him as an 'outcast', 'creepy' and 'weird'
    • Another said he talked 'about how people who believe in God were stupid'
    • LinkedIn reveals Kelley was an Air Force veteran and ex-Bible studies teacher
    • He was court martialed in 2014 for two counts of assault on his spouse and child
    • He was living in New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, and was married
    • Did you know Devin Patrick Kelley? Please contact Jenny Stanton by emailing jenny.stanton@mailonline.com

    By Jenny Stanton For Dailymail.com
    PUBLISHED: 22:55 EST, 5 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:33 EST, 6 November 2017


    WATCH VIDEOS AT THE LINK.



    Devin Patrick Kelley (pictured) walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in full combat gear, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources

    The Texas church shooter who mercilessly shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others was an 'outcast' who 'preached his atheism' online.

    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.

    'I was just shocked [to hear the news]. Still haven’t quite processed how he could have done that.'

    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).'


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    Kelley, (pictured in a yearbook photo, left, and recently, right) 26, of New Braunfels, shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others



    Devin Patrick Kelley is pictured here in a New Braunfels High School 2009 yearbook photo


    The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs (pictured), where around 50 people usually attend service

    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.'

    Nava added to DailyMail.com: '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.'

    Another former classmate, who asked to remain anonymous, told DailyMail.com: 'I grew up going to school with him... Always creeped me out and was different.'

    She said she moved away from the area while she was in junior high and lost touch with a lot of people.

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    Kelley, who was married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h'


    Investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday


    Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley as 'creepy', 'crazy' and 'weird'

    However, Kelley recently commented on one of her Facebook posts.

    'I said I just want to move back to Texas,' she said. 'And he said something along the lines of "Texas isn't any better". Pretty much said he didn't like Texas.

    'I think he had one kid, she/he is still a baby. He was married but I don't know to who. It's crazy to think I grew up with him. Same town. Same school. Same classes.

    'He was different in school and creeped me out but never would I have thought he would do such a horrific thing.'

    A former friend wrote on Facebook: '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 his place when we were kids.'

    He added: '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. Dude was crazy man.'

    Cord Eubank Brown wrote on social media: 'I cannot believe this. I went to high school with this maniac.

    'There were people I knew who stayed away from this guy for many reasons, which all make sense now. He just requested me on facebook recently.'


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    First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy's (right with his wife Sherri) 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle (left), is among the dead


    She 'was one very beautiful, special child,' the pastor said. His wife, Sherri Pomeroy, said her husband was out of town at the time of the shooting. Pictured: Annabelle

    Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

    Kelley of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, was shot by Stephen Willeford, 55, before he climbed in an SUV to flee the scene, a local resident told DailyMail.com.

    Another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, who had witnessed the confrontation refused to let the shooter get away. Both he and Willeford, a local plumber, jumped in his truck and gave chase.

    In a Facebook post, Langendorff's girlfriend Summer Caddel described how the pair had 'jumped in my boyfriend's truck and they chased that sick b*****d down in pursuit until the cops could catch up. He was able to run the shooter off of the road on 539!'

    As they approached a sharp curve in the road, near the 307 and 539, Kelley appeared to lose control and his car swerved off the road.

    Kelley was already dead when they found him. It's unclear if he committed suicide or died from his pursuers' gunshots.

    Cops discovered multiple weapons and possible explosives in his vehicle.

    San Antonio police also raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

    Kelley, who was married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

    A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009.

    An Air Force official said the gunman was court-martialed in 2012 and discharged two years later.

    Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Kelley was court-martialed on one count of assault on his spouse and another count of assault on their child. He received a bad conduct discharge, 12 months' confinement and a reduction in rank.


    Sunday school teacher Karla Holcolmbe and her husband Bryan also died in the rampage, their family confirmed. A local resident says their pregnant daughter-in-law was also killed


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    Mother-of-four, Joann Ward, is said to have died in the wake of the shooting, according to her family


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    Sisters six-year-old Brooke (TOP) and eight-year-old Emily Garza (pictured, right, sitting on the right, next to her sister Rihanna) were killed in the shooting according to her family. Nine-year-old Rihanna (sitting next to Emily) had her glasses shot off her face but survived

    Stefanek also said Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge.

    Kelley volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child.

    He was married to Danielle Shields, and they appear to have a child together. She was previously a teacher at the First Baptist Church.

    Kelley lived at his parents’ home with his wife and child and neighbor Mark Moravitz told ABC News he would sometimes hear gunshots coming from near that house late at night.

    The gunman's mother-in-law, Michelle Shields, also appears to have been a parishioner at the church and was friends on social media with the pastor's wife.

    It is not clear whether they were at the church at the time of the shooting.

    Local law enforcement say the gunman had a relatively clean criminal record, with just a traffic offenses in recent years.

    The names of the victims are now emerging and include a mother-of-four and her two young daughters, a 14-year-old pastor's daughter and Sunday's stand-in preacher, his wife, and eight-months-pregnant daughter-in-law.

    The first victim to be identified was Annabelle Pomeroy, whose father - First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy - had been out of town during the attack. The grieving dad told ABC he's lost 'one beautiful girl, and a 'special child.'

    Bryan Holcombe had been standing in for Frank Pomeroy when Kelley opened fire. Witnesses say he was the first victim to be struck by the shooter's gunfire.

    'Bryan was filling in,' the witness, who did not want to be named, told DailyMail.com. 'He was walking up to the pulpit when he was shot in the back.'

    He was killed, alongside his wife of 25 years, Sunday school teacher Karla Holcombe, as well as their eight-months-pregnant daughter-in-law Crystal, local residents reported.

    'The family is just devastated,' the witness added.

    The couple ran a canvas repair shop before retiring and had attended the church for 25 years.

    Mother-of-four Joann Ward and three of her children were also shot. Family have since told the Dallas News that Joann and two of her daughters, six-year-old Brooke and eight-year-old Emily have died.

    Ward's six-year-old stepson Rylan, who was shot four times, is still in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery. The mom's eldest daughter Rihanna, nine, had the glasses shot off her face but escaped injury by hiding under a pew as shots rang out.



    The shooting took place at the church, which is located about 30 miles from San Antonio. Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 peopleid
    The victims ranged in age from five to 72, with two killed outside the church, 23 killed inside, and one person who died after medical transport, officials said.

    And 34-year-old Amanda Mosel told MySA that her 13-year-old goddaughter was killed during the shooting. She said she was sad she skipped church this morning, but she normally attends that sermon. 'It's a small, tight-knit church,' she said.

    Many of the dead remained inside the small rural church Sunday evening, as crime scene investigators worked to reconstruct the scene.

    Authorities declined to officially name any of the deceased victims on Sunday evening, as they worked to secure the crime scene and notify victims' families.

    'We don't know names of any of the victims at this time because we're still trying to work the crime scene,' said Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt.

    Residents of the community gathered for an emotional candlelight vigil on Sunday night as the names of the victims began to emerge.

    Pictured: The two heroic locals who exchanged gunfire with shooter

    Two heroic locals have been praised for stopping the worst mass shooting in Texas which left at least 27 dead.

    Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was leaving First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after he opened fire on parishioners during mass when Stephen Willeford, 55, confronted him.

    Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said Willeford, a keen biker, had 'grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect.'

    A local resident told DailyMail.com that Willeford, who attends a different church, was first alerted to the shooting when his daughter called him saying there was a man in body armor gunning down church goers.





    Stephen Willeford, 55, (TOP) and Johnnie Langendorff (right) have been praised as heroes after they were able to stop Texas gunman Devin Kelley's rampage

    He grabbed his gun and bravely headed down to confront the killer.

    The local said that while Willeford has no military experience, he is an excellent shot, and when he came face to face with Kelley, he didn't hesitate; he shot in between Kelley's body armor, hitting him in his side.

    The 26-year-old had dropped his Ruger assault rifle and climbed in an SUV to flee the scene.

    He said that Kelley had taken a hostage in the passenger seat as he fled.

    But another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, who had witnessed the confrontation refused to let the shooter get away. Both he and Willeford, a local plumber, jumped in his truck and gave chase.

    In a Facebook post, Langendorff's girlfriend Summer Caddel described how the pair had 'jumped in my boyfriend's truck and they chased that sick b*****d down in pursuit until the cops could catch up. He was able to run the shooter off of the road on 539!'

    Langendorff told KSAT 12 that he'd been speeding at 95mph, while on the phone to dispatch, while Willeford kept his rifle trained on the gunman's car.

    As they approached a sharp curve in the road, near the 307 and 539, he said Kelley appeared to lose control and his car swerved off the road.

    'That's when I put the truck in park,' he said. 'The other gentleman jumped out, and had his rifle on him. He didn't move after that.'

    Caddel added that Kelley died a few feet from her boyfriend.

    The local, who is familiar with the heroes, said that Willeford made sure the passenger Kelley had taken hostage was on the ground out of the way when they approached the car.

    But he claims that Kelley was already dead when they found him, having succumb to blood loss from the gunshot wound he suffered at the church.

    Martin confirmed that police had found Kelley dead, saying that: 'We are not sure if it was self inflicted or if he was shot by a local resident.'


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    The military should stop training mentally unstable persons in weaponry. People with prior records for assault SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE GUNS let alone assault rifles! Immigrants also should have mental evaluations before given a ticket here. The problem with mental evaluations is setting the proper criteria and keeping it honest, not well this Dr will do it easier etc. There should be no problem with seeing a police record for abusive behaviour or a troubled mental history and denying guns/rifles. What is the hold up with that?
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    [QUOTE]Some politicians might say it’s too soon to talk about new gun control. Fine, then let’s talk about the laws we already have. The shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, bought his gun from an Academy Sports & Outdoors in San Antonio despite having committed assault on his wife and child and dishonorably receiving a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force. He shouldn’t have been able to legally purchase a gun, but all he had to do was tell the clerk he could and he walked out of a chain store with the weapon he used today.
    Is it too soon to talk about preventing people with violent histories from illegally buying guns right from big box stores? I think not. It’s far past time to start talking about the failings of our system.

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    Texas governor says the church shooter should not have had access to a gun


    Devin Patrick Kelley, identified as the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, should not have had access to firearms, according to the Texas governor.


    • Kelley was discharged from the military after being court-martialed after a count of assault on his spouse and on his child.
    • Both felony charges and domestic-violence charges should legally prohibit someone from buying a gun, but it's as yet unclear whether Kelley should have been able to legally purchase a gun.



    Devin Patrick Kelley, the man authorities say killed 26 and injured 20 in the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, should not have had access to firearms, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

    Kelley had been denied a license to carry a gun in Texas, Abbott told CNN.

    "So how was it that he was able to get a gun? By all the facts that we seem to know, he was not supposed to have access to a gun," said Abbott. "So how did this happen?"

    A former airman with the US Air Force, Kelley, received a "bad conduct" discharge from the military after charges of assault against his spouse and child led him to be court-martialed.
    Military members dishonorably discharged cannot legally purchase a gun, but Kelley's bad-conduct discharge falls just short of that mark.

    It's unclear if Kelley's assault charges constituted domestic violence, but such a conviction could have also legally disqualified him from gun ownership.

    But even if the assault charges didn't technically go down as domestic violence, assault alone can be treated as a felony, which should preclude gun ownership. And even if the charges didn't go down as felonies, the twin charges carried a maximum sentence of over a year in prison, and therefore should preclude gun ownership.

    The federal government's firearm transaction record, which buyers must legally fill out, asks about felony convictions. Kelley bought a Ruger AR-556 rifle, used in the attack on the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in April of last year from an Academy Sports & Outdoors store in San Antonio, a law-enforcement official told CNN.

    The purchase of the gun took place two years after Kelley had been court-martialed, imprisoned, and discharged from the military.

    Wearing black tactical-style gear and carrying that rifle, Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and opened fire on the churchgoers.
    Mourners participate in a candlelight vigil held for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. AP Photo/Darren Abate

    "You've got your pews on either side. He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out," said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr., whose territory includes Sutherland Springs. Tackitt added that there was likely "no way" for churchgoers to escape after the shooting started.

    The victims of the shooting range from 5 to 72 years of age. Kelley fled the scene when confronted by armed citizens, whom he then led on a high-speed chase. Authorities found Kelley dead in his car several miles from the scene.

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said that Devin Patrick Kelley received a dishonorable discharge from the Air Force, which would have constituted a felony and made it illegal for him to purchase a firearm. He received a "bad conduct" discharge.

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