The wife of the church gunman says he put her to bed before the deaths

<pre><pre>The wife of the church gunman says he put her to bed before the deaths

The wife of a gunman responsible for the mass shootings in Texas history says he tied her to bed the morning of the massacre, kissed her on the forehead and said "I'll be right back".

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, opened fire during church services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last November, killing more than two dozen people.

He was later found dead in a vehicle after two men who heard the shots in the church shot and chased him.

In a series of interviews with the San Antonio Express-News, his wife Danielle Kelley said that her husband behaved strangely the morning of the shooting until he put her in the room and tied her to the bed with a rope, handcuffs and tape. adhesive a two-year-old son cried.

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, opened fire during church services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs last November. His wife Danielle (right) says that her husband tied her the morning of the massacre

She said Devin told her he loved her, kissed her five-month-old daughter in her crib and said to her son: "I'm coming back." He grabbed his rifle and two pistols, put on a military tactical gear and body armor, then left.

Devin then went to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and killed 25 people, more than half of whom were children. Authorities calculated the official death toll at age 26 because one of the victims was pregnant.

Danielle still uses her husband's last name, saying she's not going to be embarrassed & # 39; of the.

His adoptive mother, Michelle Shields, has said that her son-in-law was controlling and abusive to her daughter, who often accepted the abuse.

& # 39; We all have our demons & # 39; said Danielle.

Danielle and Devin met when she was 13 and he was 17. Both had unstable origins. Danielle said her biological parents had abused her before Child Protection Services removed her and Michelle Shields adopted her when she was four years old. She said that Devin told her about being bullied as a child.

After joining the Air Force and marrying another woman, they communicated by letters. He was tried in court martial for fracturing his stepson's skull, spent time behind bars, was expelled from the army and divorced.

Devin and Danielle got married in April 2014, when he was 23 years old and she was 19. She said he went everywhere with her.

"It was frustrating, but you'd be surprised, when everything's gone, how much I miss it," he said.

Kelley opened fire during church services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs (photo above) last November, killing more than two dozen people

Kelley opened fire during church services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs (photo above) last November, killing more than two dozen people

Kelley opened fire during church services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs (photo above) last November, killing more than two dozen people

A memorial for the victims of the shooting, which includes 26 white chairs, each painted with a cross and a rose, is displayed in the church in Sutherland Springs.

A memorial for the victims of the shooting, which includes 26 white chairs, each painted with a cross and a rose, is displayed in the church in Sutherland Springs.

A memorial for the victims of the shooting, which includes 26 white chairs, each painted with a cross and a rose, is displayed in the church in Sutherland Springs.

Six months before the massacre, while living in Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, Devin became more depressed, his temper shortened and he became less tolerant, he said.

& # 39; It was closing, & # 39; said Danielle.

In April 2016, he bought an assault-style rifle and assembled more than a dozen magazines capable of holding 30 rounds of ammunition each. He became more lonely.

When she persuaded him to attend church services, including First Baptist, she laughed during the sermons. He became an atheist.

& # 39; Devin was sick. He lost who he was. Because the real Devin would never have hurt babies. He was a family person. He would never have hurt anyone. He lost the touch of reality, "Danielle said.

After the shooting, he called his parents and told them to go home. Later he telephoned frantically to Danielle, who phoned her parents, who had untied her.

"I just shot the church in Sutherland Springs," he said.

They begged him to stop.

"He was like," I can not. "I've killed so many people, many people," Danielle said. "I kept saying how sorry I was."

He told them he was not going to get home, that he loved them. They told him the same thing. Then the call ended.

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