Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt’s family have said that they have been left devastated by his action. The suspect’s family have spoken about how stunned and “broken” they are by the bombings that rocked the city in the last month.
Mark is said to be a resident of Pflugerville, Texas, which lies north of Austin.
Texas bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt, a resident of Pflugerville, Texas. Authorities have said that he might have been involved in a series of bombings that rocked the city
Source: Austin Community College
This is what the family said:
We are devastated and broken at the news that our family member could be involved in such an awful way.
They further added,
We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in. Our family is a normal family in every way. We love, and we pray and, we try to inspire and serve others. Right now our prayers are for those families who have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark. We are grieving, and we are in shock. Please respect our privacy as we deal with this terrible, terrible knowledge and try to support each other at this time.
According to authorities Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, is the suspect behind the bombings that injured at least four while leaving two dead.
Conditt, too, died in the attack, probably killed by one of his explosives that went off accidentally. A family friend, who does not want to be identified, spoke about the suspect and his family.
This is what she said:
The family is a normal Christian family. There was nothing going on with Mark when I knew him, I knew him as a teenager. He reminded me of every teenage boy, it was hard to get a smile out of him.
According to Austin Community College, Conditt studied there from 2010 to 2012. His major at the college was Business Administration and, according to the college, he usually attended two of the community college’s campuses.
Security personnel investigate the scene where Conditt blew himself up on a highway in Round Rock, north of Austin
Source: Loren Elliott/Reuters
It also said that the suspect “left the college in 2012 in good academic standing,” although he did not graduate.
Conditt is the prime suspect in incidents involving the three package bombs that went off at Austin residences; a bomb that detonated at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, southwest of Austin; another package that was found at another FedEx center; and a tripwire-triggered explosive.