Phillip Adams could have been following a brand new faith or ideology earlier than the previous NFL participant fatally shot six folks after which killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in accordance with the York County Sheriff’s Workplace that’s investigating the April 7 murders in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Throughout a search of Adams’ bed room, the place he killed himself, legislation enforcement officers discovered quite a few notebooks with “cryptic writing with totally different designs and logos,’’ in accordance with a duplicate of a search warrant launched Friday.
“Detectives have been unclear if this was a possible motive or if there was one other motive concerned,’’ in accordance with the search warrant.
Adams’ sister, Lauren, mentioned her brother didn’t point out something about following a brand new faith or ideology. She mentioned her brother beloved God and after the current deaths of kinfolk expressed his religion.
“He would simply say that God’s acquired us,’’ Lauren Adams instructed USA TODAY Sports activities.
She additionally mentioned that her brother instructed her he was writing a e-book however didn’t share what he was writing. However she mentioned she peeked over his shoulder when he was writing in his journals and seen “his handwriting modified drastically.’’
“I’ve by no means seen something prefer it,’’ she added. “Simply makes me suppose extra that one thing was occurring inside his head. … It was virtually like one other particular person was writing.’’
Investigators suppose proof associated to the crime could also be inside a locked gun protected found from a Charlotte condo Adams had vacated, in accordance with the search warrant.
Adams, who performed within the NFL between 2010 and 2015, had moved again into his dad and mom’ dwelling in Rock Hill in current weeks.
Over the previous two years, Adams’ habits shifted dramatically, in accordance with his sister.
“His psychological well being degraded quick and terribly dangerous,’’ Lauren Adams mentioned. “There was uncommon habits. I’m not going to get into all that (signs). We positively did discover indicators of psychological sickness that was extraordinarily regarding, that was not like we had ever seen. …
“He wasn’t a monster. He was struggling along with his psychological well being.”
Detectives executed a search warrant at Riverview Household Medication and Pressing Care, the place the sheriff’s workplace thinks it could discover a motive for the killings, in accordance with a duplicate of the search warrant. Dr. Robert Lesslie, who began and labored on the facility in Rock Hill, was one of many six victims.
Lesslie’s spouse, Barbara, and their two grandchildren — 9-year-old and 5-year-old ladies — additionally have been killed within the taking pictures.
Investigators sought medical data for not solely Adams, but additionally his father, Alonzo, and mom, Phyllis, in accordance with the search warrant.
Alonzo Adams instructed USA TODAY Sports activities he had been handled by Lesslie a number of years in the past on a workmen’s comp case that resulted in surgical procedure. However Alonzo Adams, who mentioned he was a truck driver when he suffered the again damage, declined to debate his remedy by Lesslie in additional element.
Alonzo Adams mentioned he didn’t know if Phillip Adams had been handled by Lesslie.
Detectives additionally sought any video surveillance from Riverview Household Medication throughout regular enterprise hours between April 5 and April 7, when the shootings passed off.