Devin Kelley, the 26-year-old suspect in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs that left at least 26 people dead and another 20 injured, was an avowed atheist who once taught Vacation Bible School.

Kelley, who lived in New Braunfels, Texas, died shortly after the attack on the church Sunday. A motive for the attack remains unclear but people familiar with Kelley said he constantly expressed disdain for people of faith on social media.

“He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why,” Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School with Kelley, told DailyMail.com.

“He had a kid or two, fairly normal, but kinda quiet and lately seemed depressed,” Boyce continued. “I was just shocked [to hear the news]. Still haven’t quite processed how he could have done that.”

Kelley had previously served in the Air Force at a base in New Mexico but received a “bad conduct” discharge in 2014 related to charges of assaulting his wife and child in 2012, The New York Times reported.

Nina Rose Nava, who also went to school with Kelley, wrote on Facebook how he would dismiss Christians as “stupid.”

“In a complete shock! I legit just deleted him off my fb ’cause I couldn’t stand his post. He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism,” Nava wrote.

Despite his atheism, however, she told DailyMail.com that the shooting was “not something I expected from him.”

Devin Kelley, the 26-year-old suspect in the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs that left at least 26 people dead and another 20 injured, was an avowed atheist who once taught Vacation Bible School.

Kelley, who lived in New Braunfels, Texas, died shortly after the attack on the church Sunday. A motive for the attack remains unclear but people familiar with Kelley said he constantly expressed disdain for people of faith on social media.

“He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why,” Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School with Kelley, told DailyMail.com.

“He had a kid or two, fairly normal, but kinda quiet and lately seemed depressed,” Boyce continued. “I was just shocked [to hear the news]. Still haven’t quite processed how he could have done that.”

Kelley had previously served in the Air Force at a base in New Mexico but received a “bad conduct” discharge in 2014 related to charges of assaulting his wife and child in 2012, The New York Times reported.

Nina Rose Nava, who also went to school with Kelley, wrote on Facebook how he would dismiss Christians as “stupid.”

“In in complete shock! I legit just deleted him off my fb ’cause I couldn’t stand his post. He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism,” Nava wrote.

Despite his atheism, however, she told DailyMail.com that the shooting was “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,” she said.

Kelley’s avowed atheism seems in sharp contrast to his history as a Vacation Bible School volunteer teacher at First Baptist Church in Kingsville. He claimed on LinkedIn that for the entire month of June 2013, he helped the minds of children, 4-6 years old, “grow and prosper.

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Source: Christian Post