Former Classmates: Texas Church Shooter an Atheist
November 06, 2017
According to social media posts from former New Braunfels High School classmates of Texas church mass murderer Devin Patrick Kelley, he was a “weird,” “crazy,” and “creepy” atheist, and an outcast who seemed to attract the attention of other outcasts.
Several said they had either removed him from their friend lists on Facebook, or ignored his attempts to reconnect because he spent much of his time online criticizing Christians and promoting atheism. Still, most were shocked he was capable of murdering at least 26 people.
A former childhood friend wrote:
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. 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.
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.
A former high school classmate added:
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. Still haven’t quite processed how he could have done that.
Despite these stories, Kelley’s LinkedIn account describes he was once a Sunday school teacher at a Baptist church in Kingsville, about 120 miles south of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, which was reportedly the church his wife and in-laws attended.