Austin Bombing Suspect Walked Away From Faith, Used Gay Dating App, Investigators Say

AUSTIN — Authorities have found that the Austin bombing suspect may have been struggling with his sexuality before two people were killed and four injured in attacks across the city.The March bombing spree ended after Mark Conditt, a 23-year-old Pflugerville resident, detonated an explosive in his car, killing himself. Investigators trying to determine a motive, the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday, discovered that Conditt had used Grindr, a gay dating app for men.Conditt, who was home-schooled, told his deeply religious family at 18 that he was an atheist, the Statesman reported. Sierra Jane Davis, a transgender woman who grew up in the same home-school community as Conditt and knew him, told the newspaper that coming out would have been difficult in his family and social circles.  Continue reading...

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