They noted that Allen passed his gun in front of several white people without firing before killing a Black Air Force veteran and then a retired Massachusetts State Soldier.
And investigators later discovered supremacist and anti-Semitic rants in Allen’s handwriting, along with swastikas.
But instead of the usual hatred and bigotry on Allen’s Facebook page, they found a post calling on others to join him in donating to the House Rabbit Network in support of the Pet Rabbits.
And then there was a tender on June 22, just four days before he became a murderer.
“Happy birthday to my beautiful wife Audrey Allen. “
With it, he posted a photo from their September 4, 2020 wedding, which was held in a courtyard at the Oakdale Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in West Boylston, Massachusetts. A Boston Globe An article written shortly before the ceremony noted that the couple chose the venue because Audrey’s beloved grandfather, 92, was a resident.
“It’s a love story”, Globe declared.
The couple shared their own story online with Audrey Mazzola and Nathan Allen’s wedding website.
“A tale as old as time.
It all started in the most romantic setting imaginable: The Birch Grille at UMassDartmouth. Seven years, three apartments and two rabbits later, Audrey and Nathan decided to tie the knot amid a global emergency.
We first met: Birch Grille at UMass Dartmouth. October 2011.
Our first meeting: McDonald’s in New Bedford. March 2013.
Our first furbaby: Sigmund arrived in a cucumber crate on August 9, 2014, weighing half a pound.
Our first big trip: Croatia, Italy, Austria. September 2016
Our first apartment: A 9 ′ x 9 ′ bedroom on Allston Street in Allston, MA, August 2017.
Our first home: A condo in Winthrop overlooking the Belle Isle Marsh. October 2019.
Proposal: February 29, 2020.
As stated in the Globe, Audrey Mazzola returned from a Bernie Sanders rally at Boston Common on February 29 last year to find the apartment she shared with Allen filled with burning candles. Their pet rabbit, Sigmund, had a handwritten note attached to its neck.
“Do you want to marry my father?
Allen had begged to join her at the rally, saying he had homework. He had indeed gone to seek his parents’ permission to marry her. They couldn’t have a clue what was to come. And it’s hard for anyone to see a photo of the wedding embrace that in 10 months he would suddenly become a figure of homicidal fanaticism. The wedding invitation predicted a very different event in the wake of the pandemic.
“Due to COVID-19 ruining everything, our in-person guest list is limited to mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings in the state. When the madness is over, we will have a big party so we can celebrate with all of our beloved friends and family. “
Not everything that made Allen a racist murderer could materialize in the form of COVID-19. But its past, easily accessible online, does not bode well for future problems. He was on the Wareham High School Honor Roll in 2010 and performed in the All-Cape Jazz Band. He then completed the Honors program at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he met Audrey. She argued in a Facebook post that the school shouldn’t be blamed for having one of the Boston Marathon suicide bombers among its alumni.
Allen majored in biology. The guy who police said would later subscribe in his writings to the insane idea that whites are superior because they are “supreme predators” spent long hours in the university’s Kavanagh lab.
“I worked in an evolutionary development lab doing research related to my honors thesis,” he later wrote in his resume. “Analysis performed on chondrogenic condensation sequence and bone ossification sequence in chick embryo… Received the University of Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Award in 2013.”
He graduated with honors in 2014 and took various additional science courses at community colleges with the apparent goal of moving from research to healthcare. He also worked for a time as a paraprofessional in a college.
“Helped to maintain a safe learning environment,” he wrote.
He was also a caregiver in a home for the elderly.
“With company and conversation,” he noted. “Created a safe and comfortable environment for customers. “
In 2017, he was admitted to the Institute of Health Professions of the MGH. He joined Boston Boxing, and when he turned 28 in August, he celebrated his birthday in a way that would make the evil to come all the more unfathomable.
“I would like to extend a very special thank you to another great Boston Boxing member, Nathan Allen,” program director Ed LaVache said in a Facebook post on Aug. 18. “His birthday was last week and he and his fiancee asked their friends and family to donate to the Boston Boxing Fit Students for Life Free Youth Program. They raised over $ 800, all of which went into our summer program.
LaVache added: “Thank you as always to the generosity of our members and supporters who allow us to continue these great youth programs even in the madness of covid. Thanks Nathan and Audrey Mazzola.
Photos online show that the program includes children of color.
The following month, the story as old as time culminated with the wedding at the grandfather’s retirement home.
“MASKS REQUIRED,” read the invitation to the few close relatives and friends the restrictions permitted. “A socially distant ceremony in the courtyard.
On January 8 of this year Allen graduated from MGH. He had then become a registered physiotherapist. His profile photo shows him walking in the sun, wearing a white shirt and suit, the jacket slung over one shoulder.
“You look dapper,” a friend commented.
Then, on June 22, he posted the happy birthday wish to his wife, along with the photo of the wedding embrace. He also posted a photo of him and his wife on a motorbike, both reasonably wearing helmets.
Somewhere in all of this Allen legally obtained a handgun. He had it with him four days later when the man with no criminal record stole a box truck belonging to the sewer and pipe cleaning company Rapid Flow, Inc. He collided with another vehicle and then entered a residence. Surveillance video shows he was holding a gun when he left the scene.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins later said Allen encountered a number of whites but did not start shooting until he ran into a Black Air Force veteran , the 60-year-old master sergeant. Ramona Cooper. He shot her three times in the back and she fell fatally injured.
Allen then met retired Massachusetts State Police soldier David Green, 53. Allen shot Green four times in the head and three times in the neck and chest. Green died where he fell.
Allen himself was then killed, apparently after shooting at the responding police. Authorities later uncovered writings by Allen that Rollins described as “on the superiority of the white race.”
“There is a growing national and global problem with extremism and white supremacy,” Rollins added. “The FBI believes the most serious domestic violent extremist threat comes from” racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, especially those who have advocated for white superiority. “
But apparently few, if any, others saw Allen as a threat until he started shooting.
“This shooter was married and employed. He had a doctorate. and no criminal history, ”added Rollins. “To all external sources, it probably appeared unpretentious. “
Rollins has vowed to continue investigating what exactly happened. She hopefully gets the full cooperation of the many relatives, friends, and classmates who have not responded to The Daily Beast’s requests for information. She said she would share the outcome with the families of the victims, who had spent their lives protecting us.
“They deserve answers about the death of their loved ones,” she said.
And this is one gunman in particular we should all study because his violent racial hatred seemed to come out of nowhere. That means it had to be deep inside him, under all its layers of apparent decency.
How many others are like him?
Maybe people should study this stuff in school.
—With a report by William Bredderman