Two years ago, the world was Noah Green’s oyster.
A star of the college football team and of the track and field, he would soon graduate with a degree in finance from Christopher Newport University in Virginia.
But over the next two years, his life would take a frightening turn into paranoia and suicidal depression, and eventually collapse.
On Friday, he was shot and murdered by police in Washington DC after ramming his car into a barricade and assaulting members of the Capitol Police, killing one.
The night before the attack, he was very ill, his brother Brendan said The Washington Postwithout describing exactly what happened.
Green (right) played football at Christopher Newport University and in college, where he also ran track and field according to an athletics biography
A man’s Facebook page that matches the suspect’s name has now been removed. It showed that he was a fan of the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan
The couple shared an apartment in Virginia – Green had moved in two weeks ago, with his family deeply concerned about his mental state.
He texted Brendan on Thursday night and said, “I’m sorry, but I’m just going to live and be homeless.
Thank you for everything you have done.
‘I looked up to you when I was a kid. You have inspired me enormously. ‘
Green was not known to police in Washington DC, but police sources say he had a criminal record in another state.
His Facebook posts, which have since been deleted, showed a deeply disturbed man who got out of control – believing he was a victim of federal mind control, having suicidal thoughts and manic episodes, traveling to Africa to seek solace and to find solace in religion and extremist ideology.
“Satan’s rule over us is over,” he said in a Facebook post on March 17.
Two Capitol police officers were injured on Friday after a car crashed into a barrier on Independence Avenue
A tow truck removes the car used in the deadly attack while police collect evidence
Green is shown being carried away from the scene after being shot by a police officer
He attributed the controversial leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, for rescuing him “after the terrible misery I presumably suffered at the hands of the CIA and the FBI, governmental agencies of the United States of America.”
On Instagram he wrote, “I’ve had multiple home burglaries, food poisoning, assault, unauthorized surgery in the hospital, mind control.”
Green believed his troubles started in 2019 when, he thought, a former teammate and roommate drugged him with Xanax.
Those involved thought Green had made up the story and questioned his allegations.
Green said the episode made him addicted to the drug, and left him with lasting mental health problems that were getting worse.
Capitol police officer Billy Evans (left) was murdered in the Capitol on Friday by a driver with a knife. The suspect has been identified by NBC and the New York Post as Noah Green (right)
Green was born in Fairlea, West Virginia – a poor, mostly white, rural community of 1,700 people in the southeastern part of the state, close to the Virginia border.
As one of ten children, he grew up with seven sisters and two brothers.
By the time he was in high school, he had crossed into Virginia and lived 30 miles from Fairlea in Covington, Virginia.
He attended Alleghany High School, where he played football and track and field, earning All-District, All-Conference and Team MVP awards in 2013.
Green then attended Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia.
Mr Green graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2019 with a degree in finance. Mr. Green played on the Christopher Newport University football team in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, ” said Jim Hanchett, CNU’s Chief Communications Officer.
He stayed in college town after graduation, but the 2019 Xanax episode haunted him.
He had hallucinations, palpitations, headaches and suicidal thoughts, Brendan told The Washington Post.
In January of this year, Green had suddenly left his home in Newport News and moved to Indianapolis, saying drugs inspired him to go there.
From Indianapolis, he started telling Brendan that people were breaking into his apartment.
In January, he applied to legally change his name to Noah Zaeem Muhammad.
The hearing was scheduled for earlier this week, on March 30. He never showed up and the case was dismissed.
The motive for Friday’s attack is not yet clear. Social media posts on now-deleted accounts under the name Green speak of fears that the federal government may have attacked him with mind control and praise Farrakhan for saving him.
Brendan, concerned about his brother’s state of mind, flew to Indianapolis to check on Noah.
He found that the apartment was safe, but that Noah’s “mind didn’t seem right.”
A few months ago, Brendan said, Noah moved to Botswana.
While in Africa, he told Brendan that “his spirit told him he should, in fact, kill himself.”
He told his brother that he had jumped in front of a car and was so badly injured that he was operated on in a hospital, leaving scars and bruises, Brendan saw.
About two weeks ago, Noah called Brendan crying and told him he was “in a very bad situation and in a very bad shape.”
He asked to move in with Brendan, and Brendan agreed.
On March 17, he posted an update to his friends and family on Facebook, telling them he was struggling and “ hasn’t had much to lean on in recent months. ”
He said he was on a “spiritual journey” after a “difficult” past “few years” and had recently lost his job.
“To be fair, the past few years have been tough, and the past months have been tougher,” he said.
“I’ve been put through some of the biggest, unimaginable tests of my life.
‘I am now unemployed after I quit my job partly because of torment, but ultimately looking for a spiritual journey.’
Green graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2019
A March 17 Facebook post said he was on a ‘spiritual journey’ after a ‘difficult’ past ‘few years’ and had recently lost his job
The Facebook page also featured links to videos from Farrakhan and posts about the Nation of Islam
Green said religion saved him.
He described Farrakhan as “Jesus, the Messiah” and the “resurrector of the dead, whereby the blind see and the deaf hear.”
He continued: “I consider him my spiritual father. Without his guidance, his word and his teachings that I have gradually picked up, I would not be able to continue.
Preach to the masses, call a million black men to Washington, and stand up to the most powerful government of the modern age. He has done a wonderful job not only with me, but with the lives of millions. ‘
In the post, Green also wrote that he had “unknowingly” taken a drug that he said had made him suffer “regarding symptoms.”
‘I was on the right track and everything I had planned came about. It took long hours, a lot of study, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing a series of troubling symptoms along the way (I believe they are side effects of medications I was taking unknowingly).
“However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things.”
Green signed the message Brother Noah X.
On the same day, he uploaded an image of a certificate to a Noah X who acknowledged a $ 1085 gift to the Nation of Islam.
Green’s Facebook page featured this photo of a Nation of Islam certificate issued to ‘Noah X’ in Norfolk, Virginia
The Facebook page also featured links to videos from Farrakhan and posts about the Nation of Islam.
Less than two hours before Green drove a vehicle through the Capitol barriers killing and shooting an agent, CNN reported that he also posted a series of Instagram stories calling the U.S. government the “ # 1 enemy of the black people. ” called. .
“The US government is the # 1 enemy of black people!” a caption to a read video.