August 5, 2019

USA: In May, An Anti-Christian And A Transgender Committed Stem School Mass Shooting In Colorado. Hated Trump. Supported Occupy Democrats. Father An Illegal Immigrant Has Been Deported 3 Times.

Washington Examiner
written by by Zachary Halaschak
June 21, 2019

The transgender student accused of shooting up a Colorado school told police that he wanted other students to “suffer from trauma like he had to in his life.”

One of the two alleged shooters, 16-year-old Alec McKinney, is transgender and identifies as male. McKinney told officers that he wanted to take revenge on students at the STEM school in Colorado for how they treated him.

McKinney allegedly carried out the May 7 shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado alongside 18-year-old Devon Erickson. The shooting left one student dead and eight others wounded.

McKinney told investigators that classmates “hated him” and called him “disgusting” for trying to transition from a female to a male. McKinney said that he planned to specifically target those who made fun of him, according to police documents. McKinney also said that he has had suicidal and homicidal thoughts since the age of 12.

The documents, unsealed Thursday, reveal that the two exchanged messages over social media the night before the shooting. In the messages, McKinney allegedly told Erickson that he was “super suicidal” and was considering killing his mom and siblings. Erickson also told investigators that both he and McKinney used cocaine prior to the shooting.

McKinney and Erickson were arrested after some of the students fought back the alleged shooters. The student who died, Kendrick Castillo, was killed while charging the shooter and has been hailed as a hero.
Washington Examiner
written by Julio Rosas
May 9, 2019

The social media posts by a suspect in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting in Colorado included opposition to "Christians who hate gays," criticism of President Trump, and support for the left-wing Occupy Democrats.

On his now-deleted Facebook account, Devon Erickson, 18, posted: "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. It has plenty of crazy stuff like that. But all they get out of it is ‘ewwwwww gays.'"

The other suspect in the shooting, which left one dead and seven wounded, has been identified as in court documents as Maya McKinney, a 16-year-old female who identifies as a transgender male and prefers to be called Alec.

Erickson appeared in court with long, busy hair, half of which was dyed purple. The judges ordered that no images of McKinney could be used by the media.

In 2016, Erickson shared a video of late-night host Seth Meyers criticizing President Donald Trump prior to the 2016 election, and had shared an Occupy Democrats post that praised President Barack Obama.

In a post on his Instagram, Erickson posted, "I’m covered in ink and addicted to pain."

Denver 7 reported that because the suspects were under age they stole two handguns from one of their parents. Kendrick Castillo, 18, was killed after charging one of the shooters during the attack. Eight other students were wounded.

Brendan Bialy, a senior who enlisted into the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, also charged the shooter and has been credited with stopping the attack.
Washington Examiner
written by Zachary Halaschak
May 20, 2019

The father of one of two suspects in the shooting at a STEM school in Colorado is a Mexican national convicted of violent crimes who has been deported three times.

Jose Evis Quintana, 33, the father of suspect Alec McKinney, 16, is a convicted felon. After a 2009 domestic violence incident with McKinney’s mother, Morgan McKinney, 32, Quintana was jailed for 15 months in Colorado on a felony charge of menacing with a weapon. Alec McKinney, who is transgender and identifies as male, was born to the couple in 2003 as Maya McKinney and is referred in court documents as a female.

After his release from prison in 2010, Quintana — who initially entered the U.S. legally — was deported to Mexico. In divorce papers filed by Morgan McKinney in 2014, she said Quintana had “been traveling illegally between Colorado and Mexico” since his initial deportation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Alethea Smock confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Quintana has a history of entering the U.S. illegally. She said that between 2010 and 2018 he was removed three times.

“He has a July 2009 aggravated felony conviction for felony menacing with a weapon which made him subject to removal. A federal immigration judge ordered him removed to Mexico Dec. 9, 2010. He has illegally re-entered the U.S. at least twice after his initial removal,” Smock said in a statement.

Depending on the immigrant’s record, a convicted felon who is deported but reenters the U.S. can be charged with a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. It is not clear why Quintana was not charged after reentering the U.S. or where he is now.

Alec McKinney was one of two suspects who allegedly carried out the May 7 shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colo., that left one student dead and eight others wounded.

Along with the other suspect, Devon Erickson, 18, McKinney is alleged to have broken into the gun cabinet of Erickson’s parents to steal the weapons that were used in the shooting. Prosecutors decided last week to charge McKinney as an adult. In Colorado, 16 is the youngest someone can be charged as an adult. McKinney and Erickson are each facing 48 charges, including murder and attempted murder.

Erickson’s social media posts from 2016 and earlier show that Erickson was critical of President Trump and supportive of former President Barack Obama and the left-wing Occupy Democrats. At one point, he denounced "all these Christians who hate gays."

The two were arrested after some of the students fought back the alleged shooters. The student who died, Kendrick Castillo, was killed while charging the shooter. Last week Colorado Gov. Jared Polis proclaimed May 15 "Kendrick Castillo Day."
New York Post
written by Yaron Steinbuch
May 9, 2019

The second suspect in the Colorado school shooting, Maya McKinney, was listed in court records as a 16-year-old female, but identifies as a male and prefers to be called Alec.

McKinney was shackled at the wrists and ankles Wednesday when he appeared in court and responded to the judge’s questions in a clear but quiet voice, saying, “Yes, your honor,” and, “No, your honor.” His mother sat at his side.

The teen’s lawyers asked that the pronoun “he” be used for their client.

District attorney George Brauchler said he hasn’t decided whether to file adult charges against McKinney, whose age is the youngest at which Colorado law allows prosecutors to file adult charges without a judge’s review.

McKinney is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and is due back in court Friday.

He and Devon Erickson, 18, are accused of fatally shooting one classmate and wounding eight others at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School in Highlands Ranch outside Denver.

They were arrested after several students fought back under fire, including a young aspiring Marine, Brendan Bialy, who survived, and 18-year-old robotics enthusiast Kendrick Ray Castillo, who was killed.

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