AT mother of Delaware man who shot himself death after entering the US Capitol barricade over weekends says she thinks he was struggling with traumatic brain injury from growth up playing football.
Richard Aaron York III mother Tamara Cunningham, said she suspects him past like high school football player left his with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain condition colloquially known as CTE. A little football players develop CTE because of repeated head blows that common to sports.
“Something went on for some time,” Cunningham told The Guardian. in interview on Tuesday. “And it got worse.”
The diagnosis of CTE can only be definitively established made with postmortem autopsy of the brain. Cunningham said she asked one from private physician, as well as the local coroner office but not immediately schedule procedure.
Nonetheless, in previous cases where CTE was eventually confirmed in late football players and athletes in other violent sports families suspected in advance that their loved ones had this disease, because of behavior they were considered unstable or aggressive.
Cunningham spoke out on her thoughts about her son while the police continued to investigate what might have prompted York to target him car at the barricade outside Capitol in Washington DC early on Sunday.
Because the case unfolded after the federal agents ransacked former President Donald Trump home in Florida on August 8, some wondered if the 29-year- Old York’s actions were politically motivated.
After all, an armed man, enraged by the search of the FBI of Trump home for records stored there without permission attempted to break into bureau field office in Ohio on 11th August. Ultimately, authorities shot and killed the potential intruder. death in confrontation.
But given that Congress in middle of of their annual August vacation, police said they did not believe York was specifically targeting anyone who will work on Capitol Hill.
And York mother on Tuesday said she didn’t know her son to be so close to politics or to support Trump – in fact she believed that his voter registration listed him as a Democrat.
“We just not like that of family” Cunningham said when asked if she had any political motives. son on Sunday.
Instead, investigators appear to be looking at Yorke’s violent actions. death how last episode of life is marked by problems with the law over in last decade.
york, of Dugsboro, Delaware, pleaded guilty to domestic violence after police charged him of strangulation and assault on his pregnant girlfriend in 2012 according to news website Lehigh Valley live.
He also allegedly pleaded guilty to assault and property payment for damages in beginning of 2020 after colleague on York accused of roofing work of attack on him at his home Pennsylvania news It is reported by the publication Morning Call. Colleague reportedly injured face and also the head of York was sentenced to about seven months of prison and two years probation.
About 4 am Sunday York passed car into the barricade on Oriental side of Capitol. His vehicle was absorbed in flame when he got out of his car, perhaps because he lit it and he started firing a gun in in airCapitol police said.
The excitement prompted the Capitol policemen to approach him, and as they approached, Yorke shot himself. dead, according to authorities. Not one otherwise it hurt.
For many York death brought to mind April 2021 killing of Capitol cop Billy Evans. He was killed by a man from Virginia. who drove him car to the barricade of the Capitol.
Meanwhile, in 2013, Capitol police shot and killed a Connecticut woman near a checkpoint after she smashed her. car crashed into the White House barricade and fled, speeding down Pennsylvania Avenue.
AT drivers in each of these cases had a mental illness, various media stated in the reports.
Cunningham told her son did too. She said she knew that he took medication for this, although she is not know details of any diagnoses or treatment he has received.
Cunningham made this is the point on Tuesday to discuss some of her son better days. York was making breakfast and making coffee for your grandmother every day, and also to practice in vigorous card games regularly, she said.
On weekends he visited Cunningham and her fiancé, regularly accompanying them to car racing and other holidays events. He was father up to nineyear- an old boy whom he rarely saw, but adored on whenever he had time with he Cunningham added.
“When it was functioning,” Cunningham said. of York, “he was a wonderful, wonderful man.”