Saturday, October 20, 2018
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5 things we’re learning about Austin serial bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt

As details are starting to emerge, here’s what we’re learning from various news sources about Mark Anthony Conditt, the suspected Austin serial bomber who died when he detonated a device in his car early Wednesday morning:

• Online postings indicate Conditt, 24, was home-schooled. He later attended Austin Community College from 2010 to 2012, according to a college spokeswoman. (Associated Press).

• The name "Mark Conditt" is attached to a 2012 blog that appears to be part of a government class project at Austin Community College, though it is unclear whether he is the author. The writer is listed as being from Pflugerville, Texas, which is where Conditt is believed to have lived. In it, the writer considers himself to be a conservative and said gay marriage should not be legalized. (NBC News)

• Lee Rocha, who lived in Conditt’s neighborhood for 28 years, said he often saw Conditt at a karaoke bar in town. "He sometimes came in with others, sometimes by himself. I didn’t get the sense that he was a popular guy." (USA Today)

• A friend said Conditt regularly attended the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin. Said Jeremiah Jensen, 24: "I know faith was a serious thing for him. I don’t know if he held onto his faith or not. … The kind of anger that he expressed and the kind of hate that he succumbed to — that’s not what he believed in in high school. I don’t know what happened along the way. This wasn’t him." (Austin Statesman)

• He had been employed by Crux Semiconductor, a manufacturing and engineering firm in Austin, as a "purchasing Agent/buyer/shipping and receiving" and previously worked as a computer repair technician. (Austin Statesman)

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