Statement released on behalf of Austin bombing suspect's family
A statement has been released by the family of the deceased suspect police say terrorized Austin with multiple package bombs that killed two people and seriously injured four others.
Authorities say 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt blew himself up overnight as a SWAT team approached his SUV in Round Rock. Investigators say he was an unemployed college dropout who lived in Pflugerville.
The statement released on behalf of Conditt's family was read to CNN by a woman named Shanee in Colorado. She did not want to give her last name but said she was Conditt's aunt. She said she last saw Mark over Christmas and "everything was normal and wonderful."
"Our family is very loving and kind family. This is just so overwhelmingly devastating," she said.
"We are devastated and broken at the news that our family could be involved in such an awful way. We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in. Our family is a normal family in every way. We love, we pray, and we try to inspire and serve others. Right now our prayers are for those families that have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark. We are grieving and we are in shock. Please respect our privacy as we deal with this terrible, terrible knowledge and try to support each other through this time."
Authorities said they believe Conditt made all of the bombs and that he likely acted alone, though they're still investigating whether he could have had help.