Audrey Hale, the Nashville school gunman, was “obsessive” and “stalkerish” toward her old middle school basketball friends, two of whom also perished in the last eight months.
The 28-year-old, who authorities said was transsexual and had lately begun using he/him pronouns, appeared to enjoy shooting baskets at Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School, according to The Tennessean.
Hale, a timid girl at the time, admired the compassion shown to her by her more active peers, who made an effort to make her feel accepted.
When former colleague Sydney Sims, whom acquaintances told The Post Hale was “infatuated” with, was slain in a road mishap last year, she was distraught.
According to The Tennessean, another colleague, Marque Lichelle Hamilton, perished at the site of another accident in Nashville in February.
Antoine Buchanan, a former Creswell head coach who guided Hale, recalled her as a timid, tiny eighth-grader who was part of the squad that advanced to the municipal tournament’s final four.
Hale, she claimed, was basically a seat warming.
“She would have played whether we were winning or losing,” Buchanan told the publication.
Former colleague Averianna Patton, who phoned 911 after getting foreboding texts from Hale minutes before the attack, remembered how tight-knit the group was.
“When we first encountered Audrey, she was extremely shy. We had a great time together. “We were like a family on the court,” she told the publication.
Mia Phillips, another ex-teammate, said the players thought Hale was timid.
“So we embraced her and befriended her,” she explained.
The two girls went to separate secondary schools and fell apart, but Hale called out to Phillips on social media in unsettling ways over the years.
Phillips was startled to receive an email from Hale, who also sent her mementos from their time as colleagues when she set up her new email at Middle Tennessee State University.
“I’m attempting to be as respectful and honest as possible.” It was almost compulsive. “It felt like stalking,” Phillips told The Tennessean.
Despite the fact that she never felt prompted to contact officials regarding Hale, she stated that the lady made people uneasy.
Hale turned up unannounced to a birthday celebration at a restaurant in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, attended by several of her old colleagues in February 2022.
Phillips claimed Hale looked inebriated, staggering, and slurring words, but others at the gathering claimed she hadn’t had anything to drink and thought she was acting crazy.
Phillips requested Hale’s phone so she could contact her family and get her securely home, but she declined.
“Everyone was perplexed. It was just touching us in an odd manner, giving us a really bad sensation. “It didn’t feel right,” she admitted to the newspaper.
Phillips stated that she then departed the gathering, but Hale quickly sent her texts imploring her to return, written in a manner that did not imply she was inebriated.
Hale accosted Phillips as she was about to drive away from a Sims tribute last year and asked if they could hang out.
“I was telling her that it wasn’t the right time or place — that we were all in mourning,” Phillips told The Tennessean.
Soon after 10 a.m., Patton got ominous texts from Hale. Monday.
“I’m going to die today,” Hale penned under the pen name Aiden.
“THIS IS NOT A DREAM!!!” You’ll probably hear about me after I die,” she allegedly added.
Before being shot by officers, Hale murdered three pupils, Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, as well as school cleaner Mike Hill, replacement teacher Cynthia Peak, and headmistress Katherine Koonce.
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