One of the shooters in the fatal shooting at a Colorado charter school this week had previously posted on social media his criticism of President Donald Trump and Christians.
According to the New York Post, Devon Erickson, 18, posted the day after Election Day 2016 a video from Seth Myers’ “Late Night” show where Trump was criticized. In another post from 2014, he said he “hated Christians who hate gays.”
“You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays, yet in the bible, it says in Deuteronomy 17:12-13, if someone doesn’t do what their priest tells them to do, they are supposed to die,” Erickson wrote in May 2014. “It has plenty of crazy stuff like that. But all they get out of it is ‘ewwwwww gays.’”
Erickson was one of two alleged shooters who opened fire at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. The shooters reportedly stormed into two classrooms and started shooting with handguns. One student, Kendrick Castillo, was killed and eight others were injured.
According to The Denver Post, Erickson faces 28 charges, including murder and 25 counts of first-degree attempted murder. His Facebook page showed selfies, photos with friends and from his work with theater productions. He also had a YouTube channel with videos of him singing rock covers and playing guitar. His Snapchat name was devonkillz.
The 18-year-old student killed in the shooting is being called a “hero” after he lunged at one of the shooters to protect other students. He was one of a handful of students who tried to tackle the shooter.
"Kendrick Castillo died a legend. He died a trooper," said Brendan Bialy, one of the students who tried to tackle the shooter. "I know he will be with me for the rest of my life."
The second suspected shooter is a transgender minor who is transitioning from female to male. Police have not released the suspect’s name.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.