More information about Texas church shooter Devin Kelley continues to be unearthed, giving us an inside track as to why he might have carried out this heinous, awful attack.
A week before the incident, Kelley apparently attended First Baptist’s fall festival, a move that surprised and shocked a lot of folks, given his tense relationship with his mother-in-law.
Here’s more about this from IJR:
It was just five days before gunman Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on the congregation in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that the members of the small church welcomed him in under much different circumstances.
On Sunday, Kelley killed 26 people and injured 30 others. But less than one week before, he brought his children to First Baptist Church’s annual fall festival, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Though his attendance wasn’t expected given his past troubles with his mother-in-law, Michelle Shields, who attends the church, the congregation still welcomed Kelley with open arms — some even thought he and his family were turning a corner.
“They thought, ‘Oh, this is good. This is progress,’” Sutherland Springs resident Tambria Read told the Chronicle, noting Shields told her she was excited to see Kelley brought her grandchildren to the festival voluntarily.
Read went on to describe the church’s attendants as “very loving” and “nonjudgmental,” so it’s no surprise they were so open to welcoming Kelley and his kids.
“If [Kelley] had had concerns or issues and spoken with the clergy — they’re nonjudgmental,” Read explained. “They would have helped him deal with his issues and helped him try to get focused.”
Unfortunately, the love of Jesus shown by His body mattered little to the bloodthirsty Kelley, who ended up murdering 26 people, including many children.
This man had a number of serious issues that somehow escaped the notice of the federal government and others around him.
Given the fact he had felonies, rape allegations, and escaped a mental institution, he should have been locked up. Instead, due to ineptness, he was able to purchase a gun and hurt a lot of innocent people.
Hopefully the right changes will be made and future situations like this will be prevented.