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Texas church shooter mentions domestic violence in video

KOB.com Web Staff
May 22, 2018 10:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Devin Kelley killed 26 people last November in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A newly released video shot six years ago offers a glimpse into his troubled past.


The chilling video includes mention of a domestic violence case when he was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo.

On the tape, Kelley spoke to a judge in 2012, he says, in an effort to ensure his ex-wife is granted custody of the child Kelley admitted to beating.

"I think when you're under a lot of stress, sometimes, you know, you can't handle it anymore, and you do outrageous things that you would never do, like hit a baby," he said.

About five years after he made this video, Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Nearly half of the people Kelley shot were killed.

On the newly acquired videotape, Kelley discusses his troubled past filled with bullying.

"You can only hold it in so much. You can lie and try to push it away, but eventually it comes to the surface," he said. "You can't deal with it. You can't take the shame. You can't take the secrets and the lies. It's too much to bear."

Kelley also expressed the wish that he would receive final forgiveness.

"Just hoping on the day, my last day, whenever that is, whatever date that is, only God can forgive me," he said.

Kelley should not have been able to buy the guns used in the shooting because of his New Mexico domestic violence conviction. The Air Force later admitted it failed to report the case to the national criminal information center.


KOB.com Web Staff

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