More of the past history of the Texas church shooter's life is coming to light since the massacre that took 26 lives, and the latest is something chilling he said about Dylann Roof, the racist mass murderer who also targeted a church.
What did he say?
The Texas shooter told a friend and former Air Force colleague that he admired Dylann Roof after the horrific shooting he committed in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jessika Edwards says she worked with the shooter at Holloman Air Force Base from 2010 to 2012 in New Mexico. She told CNN that he reached out to her for a job reference on Facebook, but she grew uncomfortable with their interactions, especially about the killer Roof.
"He would say 'isn't it cool? Did you watch the news?'" Edwards told CNN. "He would say he wished he had the nerve to do it, but all he would be able to do is kill animals."
Roof's massacre claimed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Why is this coincidental?
Ironically, it appears that a similar government clerical error allowed both Dylann Roof and the Texas church shooter to buy guns when they should have been banned.
Roof's background check wasn't completely quickly enough by federal authorities, and so they allowed him to buy his guns. Similarly, the Air Force has admitted that they neglected to place the Texas shooter's name on a federal list that would have prevented him from buying guns legally.