By Lisa Cannon Green
Gabe Parker was an atheist, convinced that life had no meaning, when he opened fire on his classmates at a Kentucky high school in January, a sheriff’s deputy testified.
Two 15-year-olds died of gunfire that day at Marshall County High School, and 14 people were injured.
Two days later, Marshall County Sheriff’s Capt. Matt Hilbrecht asked Parker about his motives.
“The biggest thing that he gave me was that he said he was an atheist and that life had no purpose, had no meaning. His life had no purpose. Other people’s lives also had no purpose,” Hilbrecht said.
“He wanted to ‘break the monotony.’”
Parker, now 16, was “cold, callous” and showed no remorse as officials interviewed him for nearly two hours, Hilbrecht said.
Hilbrecht testified at a detention hearing for the high school sophomore, who is charged as an adult with two counts of murder and 14 counts of first-degree assault. The Courier Journal obtained video of the hearing.
For Parker, the Jan. 23 shooting was akin to a science experiment, Hilbrecht testified.
“He said he wanted to see how students would respond, how police would respond, how society at large would respond to it — that more or less he wanted to see how people would react,” Hilbrecht testified.
Parker was also curious about prison and “wanted to find out truly what prison life was like,” Hilbrecht said.
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LISA CANNON GREEN (@lisaccgreen) is senior editor of Facts & Trends.