New details have come to light in the investigation into a deadly Colorado school shooting.
Police say 16-year-old Alex McKinney and his friend Devon Erickson killed one student and injured eight others at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado this week.
And now it’s surfaced that McKinney’s father was a criminal who had been deported twice.
The father was 33-year-old Jose Evis Quintana, who was jailed for 15 months for domestic violence against McKinney’s mother Morgan Lynn McKinney. He was also convicted of “menacing with a weapon”.
Despite that, he convinced Morgan to marry him in 2009 in Castle Rock, Colorado. But in 2010, he was deported back to Mexico. Morgan, who has three children with him including Alec, divorced him in 2015.
He snuck back into America and was deported again in 2017.
Just 11 days before the May 7 shooting, Alec posted on twitter how he missed his father.
According to records, Quintana had a string of arrests in the Colorado dating back from 2008 to 2017.
Quintana also admitted to having a history of drink and drug problems.
Alec McKinney, the suspect, is transgender and was transitioning from female to male at the time of the shooting. Lawyers for McKinney, who is listed in court records as a female, asked the court to use the pronoun “he”.
McKinney appeared in court Wednesday, shackled at the wrists and ankles. Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said that he still has not decided whether to charge McKinney as an adult. The youngest age prosecutors can file adult charges in Colorado is 16.
McKinney and fellow suspect 18-year-old Devon Erickson are being held for murder and attempted murder. They were caught after students fought back on attempts to shoot up the school.
Kendrick Castillo is the student who died and is being called a hero after he tried to lunge at the gunman.
McKinney, who was born a girl called Mya, had turned 16 on April 14 and wrote on twitter on April 26:
‘My mom talking to me about how she hates the new alec. Mom: I miss my Alec can you find him for me. Me: I miss my dad can you find him for me.’
According to records, Mya Elizabeth was born on April 14, 2003. The couple had a son in January 2007 and a daughter in July 2008.
It was shortly after the birth of that second daughter that Quintana was charged with attempting to kidnap, ‘menacing’ with a weapon, and failing to stop for police.
He was thrown in jail on February 3, 2009, pending his trial, when he failed to see a court official.
Court papers said Quintana ‘wishes to stay in custody since he has a problem with drugs and alcohol’.
The court then allowed Quintana to have supervised visits with Alec and his siblings in jail, as long as Morgan was not present.
In the meantime, Morgan filed for permanent custody of their three children and won on July 29, 2009, with Quintana in jail pending his trial.
All charges against him were dropped on September 2009 – with the exception of “menacing” Morgan with a weapon. In exchange, Quintana was sentenced to 15 months in prison and was also ordered to undergo domestic violence counseling.
He was deported to Mexico on December 9, 2010. On November 19, 2014, Morgan filed for divorce and described how Quintana ‘has been traveling illegally between Colorado and Mexico’ since the deportation.
While she wasn’t ever able to serve him with divorce papers, the court granted her a divorce on May 11, 2015.
Then on December 27, 2016, police in Castle Rock learned a warrant had been issued against Quintana in New Mexico for domestic violence.
They found him in Castle Rock at a home and arrested him for being a fugitive from justice… then jailing pending his extradition to New Mexico.
It obviously had an impact on Alex.
On July 4, 2017, Alec posted on Twitter ‘And I wonder why my dad left’.
Alec may have been the victim of bullying at the school. On January 25, 2019, he posted on twitter: ‘F**K stem kids i swear to f*****g god.’
It’s now been revealed that five months before the shooting, a district official urged the school’s executive director Penelope Eucker to investigate serious concerns about Alex. A mother raised concerns about Alex, saying that student bullying could lead to the next ‘Columbine’.
The letter was sent on December 19, and the anonymous parent had raised ‘concerns about student violence due to a high-pressure environment’.
That letter showed that the mother had told Douglas County School Board of Education Director Wendy Vogel by telephone that ‘many students are suicidal and violent in school. Several students have reported sexual assault and nothing is being done.’
Alex had complained online about students at STEM High School Highlands Ranch.
JOSE EVIS QUINTANA’S CRIMINAL HISTORY
August 22, 2008 – Arrested by Douglas County Sheriff’s in Castle Rock, Colorado for kidnapping, menacing with a weapon, evading police in a car, and driving without a valid license. He is released on bail
December 15, 2008 – Arrested for breaking bail conditions and held in custody
January 26, 2009 – Released on bail
February 2, 2009 – Arrested for failing to speak to court staff. He is jailed again
May 4, 2009 – He is released from prison with a protection order
July 10, 2009 – Arrested for breaking the protection order, a domestic violence offence, he is sent back to jail
September 11, 2009 – All charges bar menacing with a weapon are dropped and after pleading guilty he serves 15 months in prison
December 9, 2010 – He is deported to Mexico
December 27, 2016 – Douglas County Sheriff’s Department are alerted he is wanted as a fugitive for a domestic violence crime in New Mexico. They arrest him in Castle Rock
April 21, 2017 – Fighting extradition to New Mexico, ICE agents deport him to Mexico