Accused Colorado mass shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa had a violent temper that may explode “like a demon” — and as soon as threatened to kill everybody at a wrestling match, his former classmates have mentioned.
“He was type of scary to be round,” Dayton Marvel instructed the Denver Put up of his former wrestling teammate at Arvada West Excessive Faculty, the place the Syrian-born accused mass assassin graduated in 2018.
“His senior 12 months, throughout the wrestle-offs to see who makes varsity, he truly misplaced his match and give up the workforce and yelled out within the wrestling room that he was, like, going to kill everyone,” Marvel instructed the paper.
“No one believed him. We have been simply all type of freaked out by it, however no one did something about it,” he mentioned.
“He was a fairly cool child till one thing made him mad, after which no matter made him mad, he went over the sting — means too far,” the previous teammate mentioned.
One other teammate, Angel Hernandez, instructed the paper that he as soon as watched Alissa get into a struggle with somebody who was “simply teasing him.”
Alissa “simply misplaced it. He began punching him,” Hernandez instructed the paper.
Hernandez insisted the accused killer was principally “a good man” who was “at all times so joyful and so good.”
“However you can inform there was a darkish aspect in him. If he did get ticked off about one thing, inside a break up second, it was like if one thing takes over, like a demon. He’d simply unleash all his anger,” he recalled.
Alissa often gave the impression to be paranoid, echoing his personal fears and people expressed by his household, Hernandez mentioned.
Marvel additionally mentioned Alissa “would speak about him being Muslim and the way if anyone tried something, he would file a hate crime and say they have been making it up.”
Alissa was convicted of misdemeanor assault in 2018 and sentenced to probation and group service for attacking a classmate the earlier 12 months, blaming racist abuse for the assault, courtroom paperwork present.
Alissa, 21, now faces 10 counts of first-degree homicide for the rampage he allegedly unleashed Monday afternoon in a King Soopers grocery retailer in Boulder. The 10 victims included officer Eric Talley, a 51-year-old father of seven who was one of many first cops to reply.