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Getty/Fb Two weeks earlier than he allegedly rammed his automotive into two law enforcement officials guarding the U.S. Capitol, killing certainly one of them, Noah Inexperienced posted an article on his Fb web page titled, “Lull Earlier than the Storm.”“An Intro to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and his divine warning to us all throughout these final days of our world as we all know it. Devil’s rule over us is up,” the 25-year-old’s apocalyptic submit mentioned, linking to an article from Closing Name, the official newspaper of the Nation of Islam.Inexperienced’s social media posts recommend he was spiraling within the lead as much as the assault on Friday. On the eve of his alleged assault, his brother, Brendan Inexperienced, advised The Washington Publish, he despatched a worrying textual content after leaving the house the place they lived collectively.“I’m sorry however I’m simply going to go and dwell and be homeless. Thanks for every little thing that you simply’ve achieved. I regarded as much as you after I was a child. You impressed me loads,” the textual content reportedly learn. That message—and the lethal assault that occurred lower than 24 hours later—capped off a interval that was riddled with purple flags. Inexperienced’s social media posts described trying to find “a religious journey” inside the Nation of Islam, a non secular Muslim sect that the Southern Poverty Legislation Middle classifies as a hate group for its “weird theology of innate black superiority over whites” and “deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-gay rhetoric.”Nothing indicated a transparent motive for focusing on the police, nor the U.S. Capitol constructing situated hours from the stretch of Virginia he had lately known as dwelling.However as congressional employees grabbed lunch on Friday, Inexperienced allegedly rammed his darkish blue sedan into two officers guarding a barricade on a street outdoors the Capitol.He then jumped out of the automotive and lunged at officers with a knife, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman mentioned, prompting them to fatally shoot him. A senior regulation enforcement official confirmed to The Every day Beast that Inexperienced was the suspect, although he has not but been formally recognized by police. One Capitol Police officer, William “Billy” Evans, died, and a second officer was left hospitalized. He was mentioned to be in secure situation late Friday.Pittman mentioned the suspect was not recognized to Capitol Police earlier than the assault and there was no indication of “any nexus” to members of Congress. She additionally mentioned there was no ongoing menace and the suspect didn’t yell something earlier than being shot.She mentioned that, whereas an investigation into motive was ongoing, it didn’t seem like “terrorism-related.”With the motive nonetheless a thriller, additional perception into what led to such an assault was present in a sequence of social media posts the 25-year-old made within the weeks main as much as the incident. In two prolonged March 17 posts on Inexperienced’s Fb profile, which was taken down shortly after the incident, Inexperienced wrote about his latest struggles, and mentioned it was a “main aim” to fulfill Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan.There was no instant indication that Friday’s assault was religiously motivated, and the Nation of Islam’s Virginia department and D.C. headquarters didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.Inexperienced additionally acknowledged struggling unspecified setbacks in his life lately.“To be trustworthy these previous few years have been powerful, and these previous few months have been harder,” Inexperienced wrote within the March 17 submit. “I’ve been tried with a few of the greatest, unimaginable exams in my life. I’m at present now unemployed after I left my job partly as a result of afflictions, however finally, in quest of a religious journey.”Regardless of the shortage of a job, he posted a picture of a certificates that mentioned he’d donated $1,085 to the Nation of Islam as a “Saviours’ Day 2021” present.Inexperienced’s brother, Brendan, advised the Publish that Noah had turn into paranoid in 2019 and accused soccer teammates of drugging him with Xanax. He moved out to his personal house after which abruptly moved to Indianapolis, the place he believed there have been intruders entering into his house. It was round that point that Brendan mentioned he flew out to see his brother and realized his “thoughts didn’t appear proper.”Extra lately, his brother mentioned, Inexperienced up and moved to Botswana and urged he had tried to take his personal life by leaping in entrance of a automotive. After he returned dwelling, Noah Inexperienced appeared to view the Nation of Islam as a technique to hold himself anchored. In his most up-to-date social media posts, Inexperienced wrote that he had been confronted with “concern, starvation, lack of wealth, and diminution of fruit” in latest months, and was being sustained by religion “centered on the assumption of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Jesus, the Messiah.”He additionally alluded to extra mainstream trappings of younger maturity. He posted that he had graduated with distinction, landed an excellent job out of faculty, and pursued a graduate diploma “regardless of not rising up in the most effective of circumstances.”Inexperienced performed soccer in highschool, and a bio from Christopher Newport College mentioned he was born in Fairlea, West Virginia, and has seven brothers and two sisters. Calls to his siblings and oldsters went unanswered on Friday.Public data present he enrolled in a graduate course at Florida State College this yr, after majoring in advertising at Glenville State School.Within the Christopher Newport bio, he mentioned his dream trip spot was Jamaica and the individual he’d most like to fulfill was Malcolm X.“He was all the time tremendous candy to me and all of his pals beloved him, we had been all unhappy to see him depart Glenville,” Alaina Funk, a good friend of the suspect, advised The Every day Beast.At one level, Inexperienced wrote, maybe alluding to the alleged incident in 2019, he skilled an “array of regarding signs” that he believed had been “unintended effects of medication I used to be intaking unknowingly.”He additionally mentioned he was on observe to enter enterprise, however his path was “thwarted.”It was unclear from his Fb web page how lately he turned concerned with Nation of Islam. Older posts centered round soccer and faculty reasonably than faith. His grandmother, who died in 2019 from an extended sickness, was Baptist, her obituary mentioned.However, by March, Inexperienced’s posts gave the impression to be consumed by non secular warnings concerning the finish days.“I encourage everybody to check Revelations, research the indicators of the top instances, research who the beast is, research who the anti-Christ is, research who the false prophet is, and research the created photos throughout these instances. The Minister is right here to save lots of me and the remainder of humanity, even when it means going through demise,” he wrote on March 17, earlier than ominously ending the submit with, “We’ve got slightly time.”Courtroom data in Indiana, the place he was as soon as listed as dwelling at an Indianapolis handle, present that he sought to alter his identify lately. In December 2020, he filed a petition to legally change his identify to Noah Zaeem Muhammad. However after he failed to indicate up for a listening to earlier this week and the courtroom apparently didn’t hear from him, the matter was dismissed and the case declared “closed.”—with reporting by Pilar MelendezRead extra at The Every day Beast.Get our prime tales in your inbox daily. Join now!Every day Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the tales that matter to you. Be taught extra.