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We need answers now: justice for Texas church killing

Ventine Richardson Jr., Staff Writer

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Devin Kelley killed 26 people including a newborn child, inside of a Texas church on November 5.

It was yet again another mass shooting in the United States.

And who is Devin Patrick Kelley? The 26 year-old murderer is actually a former logistical readiness airman for the Holloman Air Base in New Mexico, and was husband to Tessa K. Kelley.

Court records in nearby Alamogordo, N.M. show that Tessa filed for divorce in October 2012 against Devin Kelley. Furthermore, in the present day, Tessa comes out and says Devin was dangerously abusing and neglecting.

According to FOX News, Tessa claims, “he had a lot of demons and hatred inside of him….threatened to kill the whole family.”

Clearly, this isn’t the first time he’s thought about causing death upon others. Going back in time, in 2012 he escaped from a mental health institution. As the time goes by, more of Kelley’s past emerges. However, people see a common racial pattern that needs to be addressed.

Why is it that when a white person commits a murder there has to be an excuse attached to it?

Not to get off topic, but immediately after James Holmes’ Aurora, Col. movie theater massacre, we heard how he was diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder, hence mentally ill. Or even Adam Lanza of the Sandy Hook, Conn. shooting, whom after the killing was pronounced to have Asperger’s, autism, and suffered from social awkwardness.

The list goes on.

In comparison, minorities don’t really receive the same kind of deep discovering of one’s past.

For example, Tarence Mitchell of Bloomfield, Conn., fatally stabbed a man and was sent to prison with psychological testing. Well why not? He could have been diagnosed with something just like any other murderer.

I still have my thoughts about the church shooting and the main theme; my father does, and so do my peers in the AIC community.

I had a chance to interview Deshawn Givens and Melquann Gomez of AIC, and my own father. I asked them all two questions each.

Deshawn Givens

Ventine Richardson Jr. — The church shooting. Your opinion?

Deshawn Givens — “It’s clearly unfortunate, that people can’t be safe at their own church. I get that cringing feeling that an actual adolescent died in the event. It’s frustrating.”

VRJ — What kind of justice do you want to see come out of this?

DG — “Is it not obvious? It’s honestly not about what I want personally, but it’s what needs to be done. I mean yea he committed suicide, however, if he was alive, he better not have pleaded not guilty.”

Melquann Gomez

VRJ — What if it was your church?

Melquann Gomez — “I can’t even imagine truthfully. I don’t even want to. I go to church with my family so it’s difficult to even think about the possibility. If it were to happen though I better be dead, or he better be dead because he got another thing coming.”

VRJ — How do you feel about mass shootings in general?

MG — “They’re pointless, and ruthless. What do you get out of it? That’s where the true sickness of a person comes out. It just brings so much into question. Why would you do that? What was the point?”

Tyrone Richardson Sr.

VRJ — What if your son died in his own church due to a shooting?

Tyrone Richardson Sr. — “If my son were to die I wouldn’t be able to process it. But best believe I will avenge his death. There’s no way possible I will let my son go out like that without a fight from me.”

VRJ — If you were a psychiatrist that was assigned to Devin Kelley (if he were alive), what would you want to know?

TRS — “I would want to know what his life was like growing up. People don’t just wake up wanting to commit mass murder. Those thoughts have to be processed over time. I don’t want to discuss this anymore.”

Devin Patrick Kelley committed suicide right after he killed 26 people, including a newborn child. Why he did it can’t be determined at the moment, but the emergence of his gruesome past won’t be ruled the reason why.

We have to spread awareness collectively as a nation to prevent this from happening.

It starts with us as people in our very own households.

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2 Responses to “We need answers now: justice for Texas church killing”

  1. Lucy l on November 15th, 2017 5:31 pm

    Actually, James Holmes was declared GUILTY, even considering his diagnosis.

    It’s just that—in the end—the jury couldn’t unanimously reach the decision to give him the death penalty.

    Those are two very different things, please update your piece.

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    adviser Reply:

    Thanks — this has been corrected. I misread what the writer had written there.

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