Please, take a minute to read or scan this article:
Now, first off. Let me state for the record I have no problems with anyone's religious faith. Everyone is to follow a different path. I may not agree, practice, or believe some things, but I am open and respectful for another's faith. However, the extremists of ANY religion unnerve me.
But story is ever closer to home for me....
I graduated with the shooter. I remember sitting beside him at pep rallies, senior class photo, graduation, school dances, etc., etc., etc.
But this.. I would have NEVER expected. He was a troubled kid. Wasn't the brightest, but wasn't the dumbest either. I've talked to a few different friends from high school that have talked to him over the last 6 years since we've graduated. Many say he converted 4 years ago and things seemed to go down him in his life since then. But that comment was made y someone who didn't agree 100% with his choice of converting to Islam.
What goes through someone's mind to act out in such a way? Religious motivation or not...How? Why?
In that link, there are other links listed at the end such as the warrant documents from where the officials searched house and vehicle. Read the vehicle's seized items. Over 2000 roads of LIVE ammunition. He claims not guilty, but admits that if there would have been more soldiers outside, he would have aimed for them all. While I might not agree on some of the killings from either side of the war, I would not just kill some random stranger because they are even vaguely associated. That would be like someone walking into my local Muslim Society building and bombing it simply because they didn't like the color of the clothing worn that day. It's all asinine in my opinion.
I just cannot wrap my mind around this event. This was not the guy I graduated with. This was not the Carlos Bledsoe I knew in 2003.