“Me: I miss my dad can you find him for me.”
Amid an ongoing debate over what many immigration hardliners characterize as lax enforcement of American immigration law, court records obtained by the DailyMail.com show the father of one of the suspects in a Tuesday school shooting in Highlands, Colorado is an illegal immigrant who has committed at least one violent felony and been arrested numerous times.
Jose Evis Quintana, is the father of 16-year-old suspect Alec McKinney, who was born Maya McKinney. McKinney and 18-year-old Devon Erickson have been charged with committing a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left one student dead and eight injured.
In 2008, Quintana was charged with attempting to kidnap, “menacing with a weapon,” and failing to stop for police, according to the Daily Mail. Quintana was sentenced to 15 months in jail for domestic violence against McKinney’s mother, Morgan, and convicted of “menacing with a weapon.” His sentence was handed down in 2009, the same year he would marry Morgan. Court records show the 33-year-old Mexican immigrant was deported twice and arrested numerous times in Colorado between 2008 and 2017.
McKinney was born in 2003, while her father’s immigration status was presumably still illegal.
Quintana, who has self-reported a history of drinking and substance abuse problems, was first deported to Mexico in December of 2010. The Daily Mail reported that McKinney shared a message to social media, indicating that he missed his father, 11 days before the shooting at STEM.
“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,” McKinney wrote on Twitter.
In divorce papers filed in 2014, Mckinney’s mother Morgan claimed Quintana had “been traveling illegally between Colorado and Mexico” since being deported. Quintana was deported again in 2017 after Colorado police learned a domestic violence warrant had been issued against him in New Mexico. While in a Colorado jail awaiting his extradition to New Mexico, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took custody of Quintana and deported him.
Details continue to emerge about McKinney and fellow suspect, Erickson. Both appeared in court Wednesday.
Authorities now believe the guns used in the STEM shooting were stolen from a locked gun cabinet owned by the parents of 18-year-old suspect Devon Erickson, according to local ABC affiliate Denver7.
A high-ranking source with knowledge of the investigation told local ABC affiliate Denver7 that Erickson and a second suspect smashed into the cabinet on the morning of the shooting. CNN reported Tuesday that a law enforcement source said the guns were stolen from Erickson’s parents and that they were purchased legally.
McKinney, a biological female, is reportedly undergoing a female to male transition and identifies as male.
During a Wednesday court appearance, lawyers for McKinney asked that their client’s preferred pronouns be respected and that McKinney be referred to as “he.”
According to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, two handguns were used in the shooting, and police also recovered a rifle. Spurlock said that police responded to the shooting in under two minutes.
Local news outlets reported that Erickson does not have a criminal record. However, the young man has a well-documented record of anti-conservative activism on social media.
Erickson, a registered Democrat who expressed support for LGBT rights, said on Facebook in 2014 that he hated Christians for their beliefs about homosexuality.