Ucigașul care a ucis 26 de enoriași ai Bisericii Baptiste din Texas a fost un ateu militant care hărțuia creștinii pe Facebook. El credea că cei ce cred in Dumnezeu sunt niște ‘proști’.
Nina Rosa Nava, colega de clasă a lui Devin Kelley, scrie într-o postare că ucigașul obișnuia să scrie pe Facebook despre credința sa atee. Ea spune că nu s-ar fi așteptat niciodată la așa ceva (referindu-se la masacru de duminică).
Veţi fi urâţi de toţi din pricina Numelui Meu, dar cine va răbda până la sfârşit va fi mântuit. – Matei 10:22
Dacă vă urăşte lumea, ştiţi că pe Mine M-a urât înaintea voastră. – Ioan 15:18.
Nu mustra pe cel batjocoritor, ca să nu te urască; mustră pe cel înţelept, şi el te va iubi! – Proverbele 9:8
Fiica pastorului Frank Pomeroy, in varsta de 14 ani, a fost impuscata si a decedat. Pastorul a fost plecat in alt oras si nu a fost prezent la slujba de duminica dimineata.
Potrivit 6abc Action News, absolut fiecare din prietenii apropiati de familie a pastorului Frank Pomeroy au murit in acest atac armat. Printre cei morti au fost si o femeie insarcinata si mai multi copii, potrivit My SanAntonio.
Sutherland Springs este o localitate cu o populatie de aprox 600+ persoane si First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs avea inregistrati 50 de membrii.
Aproape toti cei ce au participat la slujba de duminica dimineata au fost raniti.
Atacatorul a fost numit Devin P. Kelley, 26 de ani, fost invatator de Clasa de Studiu Biblic.
”Dumnezeu să-i binecuvânteze pe oamenii din Sutherland Springs, Texas. FBI și forțele de intervenție sunt la fața locului. Monitorizez cu atenție situația din Japonia”, a spus Donald Trump, pe Twitter.
„Ne rugam pentru toti cei care au fost raniti in acest act de rautate. Le multumim oamenilor legii pentru interventia prompta”, a declarat guvernatorul Texasului, Greg Abbott. –
FRAGMENT DIN PREDICA Pastorului Pomeroy din slujba de DUMINICA TRECUTA :
Ultimul mesaj al pastorului Frank Pomeroy către enoriași înainte de eliberarea bisericii pentru ziua respectivă a fost ca aceștia să aibă încredere în planul lui Dumnezeu – indiferent cât de rău sau de greu ar părea.
„Noi slujim unui Dumnezeu care este mai mare decât orice normalitate pe care noi credem că o cunoaștem și, din acest motiv, nu trebuie să am încredere în înțelegerea mea, spun mulțumesc lui Isus”, explică Pomeroy. „Încă mă mai trezesc uneori și spun:” Doamne, de ce eu? „Dar apoi mă așez înapoi și spun:” Mulțumesc, Isuse…”
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In incercarea de a afla motivul crimei sa aflam 5 lucruri noi despre atacator si familia lui! While a motive in the shooting is not known at this time, the killer’s history includes being a bible study teacher, as well as liking pages on Facebook devoted to atheism. Kelley is confirmed dead and was a husband as well as a father.
Kelley’s wife, Danielle Shields, was a past teacher at the same church where the tragedy took place.
In a heroic move, authorities say an unidentified citizen in the church “grabbed his rifle and confronted the suspect,” who was armed with a “Ruger AR assault type rifle.” The same citizen reportedly pursued the suspect, who subsequently crashed and was found dead in his vehicle. “We don’t know if it was a self inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by our local resident who engaged him with gunfire,” authorities said. The atrocity is the largest mass shooting in Texas history.
Kelley’s family appears to have strong ties to the church, and it is not yet known if any of his family members are victims. Heavy spoke with an uncle of Kelley’s who said he hopes the man “burns in hell.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was Married With Children & Was Previously Divorced After ‘Assaulting His Wife & Child’
Danielle Shield’s Facebook profile photo.
Public records show 26-year-old Kelley was a resident of New Braunfels, a city near San Antonio. Those records also indicate that the shooter’s family was from the same town.
The man reportedly lived in his parent’s $1 million home, according to the New York Times.
According to Texas marriage license records, Kelley was married to Danielle Shields on April 4, 2014 in Comal County. Kelley was 23 at the time of the marriage, and Shields was 19. He was the father of at least two, a son and a daughter.
Shields’ Facebook profile page shows two young children in photos, and her profile picture shows a smiling, seemingly happy woman.
An older Facebook account under the woman’s name states that she studied at Texas A&M University in Kingsville.
The woman’s Instagram account describes her as a a free spirited dog fanatic, nature enthusiast and “married to my best friend.”
It is not known if the wife was a victim of the carnage or if the marriage was on good terms at the time of the shooting.
A look at Kelley’s past shows violence wasn’t something new for the madman. The New York Times reported Kelley as being married “at least once before,” and added that he “was sued for divorce in 2012 in New Mexico, the same year he was court-martialed on charges of assaulting his wife and child.”
“In my opinion Devin is a coward and deserves to burn in hell…I am so sorry for the church goers in Texas…My heart goes out to the families,” Dave Ivey, Kelley’s uncle, wrote to Heavy.
In another post Ivey stated that “Devin was angry with government…He believes in his rights as a human…he is an atheist…Non Believer…He has had several domestic cases with his new wife who is a member of the church.”
2. Kelley’s Mother-in-Law Has a Sutherland Springs Address & Is Friends With the Pastor’s Wife on Facebook
Michelle Fields, Kelley’s mother-in-law, has a P.O. box listed in Sutherland Springs, and her Facebook profile also indicates that she lives in the same town.
Michelle is Facebook friends with the wife of the pastor, Sherri Pomeroy, indicating the family had strong ties to the church. The Pomeroy’s lost their daughter in the tragedy, as reported by The Boston Herald.
“My husband and I were ironically out of town in two different states,” Pomeroy told the Herald in a text. “We lost our 14-year-old daughter today and many friends.”
3. It Is Not yet Known if Any of Kelley’s Family Members Were Victims
The shooter’s parents, Michael and Rebecca Kelley, are from New Braunfels, Texas, as are his two sisters, Lillian and Lauren.
According to a Google Plus account, Rebecca attended Texas A&M University, and worked as an “Art Director at Dilloware.”
A LinkedIn page for Kelley’s sister Lauren states that she “worked with at-risk and homeless young adults ages 16-22,” in 2011. “The program is intended as an intermediary step between foster care and self-sufficiency. The residents were given a place to stay and taught life skills necessary for independence and were aided in the furtherance of their educations.”
A source told Heavy that most of Kelley’s family were members of the church, and added that they remembered the shooter showing up for service only “a few times.”
It is not known if any of Kelley’s family members were victims of the mass shooting.
4. His Wife Was a Teacher at the Church
According to a profile on Indeed.com, Shield’s was a “teacher for toddlers” at First Baptist of Sutherland Springs from June of 2009 to March of 2013. Her responsibilities included teaching the children about God, helping with “their life stones that are needed,” and being a “positive influence in their life,” the page stated.
The page also said Shields was once a coach for Special Olympics and a behavioral leader in the past, and that she volunteered with the elderly.
5. Kelley’s Home Is Being Searched & Family Members Are Likely Being Interviewed
According to AL.com, authorities were searching Kelley’s home as of Sunday night, and didn’t “believe Kelley is linked to organized terrorists.”
ABC News reported that “Two sheriff’s vans were parked outside and police officers stood at the gate of a cattle fence surrounding the address listed for the Texas church shooting suspect, preventing a group of waiting journalists from entering.”
The home was described by the station as being “in a wooded area on the rural, western outskirts of New Braunfels, north of San Antonio.”
Investigators are likely interviewing the man’s family to help understand how he could commit such a devastating act of evil.
He arrived at church ready for war, wearing black tactical gear and a ballistics vest and toting what authorities described as an “assault-type rifle.”
Then Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, allegedly opened fire on a small Texas church on Sunday morning, killing 26 people, wounding at least 10 others and providing the two-gas station community of Sutherland Springs with a grim distinction.
“We are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history,” Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference.
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What was behind this act of carnage in a place of sanctuary?
Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, confirmed that Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 on two charges of assaulting his spouse and their child. He was confined for a year, given a bad conduct discharge and reduced in rank to E-1, or airman basic, Stefanek said.
Photos: Two Dozen Parishioners Killed in Texas Church Shooting
A search of criminal records in Comal County, where Kelley lived, yielded only minor violations — driving with an expired registration, speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without insurance.
A New Braunfels Independent School District spokeswoman confirmed that Kelley graduated from New Braunfels High School in 2009, but declined to offer additional details about him.
“This senseless act of violence is something that is hard to understand and has definitely shaken our community,” the spokeswoman, Rebecca M. Villarreal, said in a statement.
Dave Ivey, Kelley’s uncle, said in a Facebook message that he “never in a million years could of believed Devin could be capable of this kind of thing.”
“I am numb,” Ivey said. “My family will suffer because of his coward actions. … I am so sorry for the victims in Texas.”
Related: A Short History of Mass Shootings at Houses of Worship
Federal officials said they’d found no obvious link to an organized terrorist group. Abbott said it wasn’t clear whether Kelley had relatives inside the church when he opened fire, and Freeman Martin regional director of the state Department of Public Safety, said authorities were investigating whether Kelley belonged to a militia. But Freeman added: “We can’t say one way or another.”
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Martin told reporters that Kelley was wearing the tactical gear and the ballistics vest when he pulled into a gas station in Sutherland Springs at 11:20 a.m. (12:20 p.m. ET) Sunday. He had multiple weapons in his car, Martin said. Martin didn’t provide additional details, but he said Texas Ranger bomb specialists were processing the car.
After leaving the gas station, the gunman crossed the street, got out of his car and sprayed First Baptist Church’s right side with his rifle, Martin said. He then entered the church and continued to fire until a local resident grabbed Kelley’s rifle, forcing him to drop it and flee. The resident pursued Kelley, who drove off the road and crashed, Martin said.
Kelley was later found dead, Martin said, although it was unclear how he died.
“We don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by our local resident who engaged him in gunfire,” he said.