SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- (KABB/AP) -- The wife of the man who opened fire at a Texas church last November, killing more than two dozen people before killing himself, says he tied her to their bed before leaving for the shooting.
In a series of interviews with the San Antonio Express-News, Danielle Kelley said her husband, Devin Kelley, behaved strangely detached that morning until he put their 2-year-old son in the bedroom and forced her into the bedroom, where he bound her to the bed using rope, handcuffs and tape as their son cried.
She said Devin told her he loved her, kissed their 5-month-old daughter in her crib and told their son, "I'll be right back." He grabbed his rifle and two handguns, donned military-style tactical gear and body armor, then left. Devin Kelley then went to First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and killed 25 people, more than half of whom were children. Authorities put the official death toll at 26 because one of the victims was pregnant.
Danielle still uses her husband's surname, saying she's "not going to be ashamed" of it.
"Devin was sick. He lost who he was. Because the real Devin would've never hurt babies. He was a family person. He would never have hurt anybody. He lost touch of reality," Danielle said.
After the shooting, he called his parents and told them to go to his house. He later frantically phoned Danielle, who put the call on speakerphone for his parents, who had untied her.
"I just shot up the Sutherland Springs church," he said. They pleaded with him to stop. "He was like 'I can't. I've killed so many people — so, so many people,'" Danielle said. "He kept saying how sorry he was."