Transgender Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale’s final message, a suicide note to a friend, was released to the media by the heartbroken friend.
Hale, 28, messaged Averianna Patton, her former middle school basketball teammate, on Instagram minutes before the shooting.
Patton told NewsChannel 5 that the shooter’s note said: “I’m planning to die today.
“So basically that post I made on here about you, that was basically a suicide note.
“I’m planning to die today.
“THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!! You’ll probably hear about me on the news after I die. This is my last goodbye. I love you … See you again in another life.” She signed the missive “Audrey (Aiden).
Patton said: “Audrey! You have so much more life to live. I pray God keeps and covers you.”
Hale said: “I know but I don’t want to live. I’m so sorry. I’m not trying to upset you or get attention.
“I just need to die.
“I wanted to tell you first because you are the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen and known all my life.
“My family doesn’t know what I’m about to do.
“One day this will make more sense.
“I’ve left more than enough evidence behind.
“But something bad is about to happen.”
Patton told NewsChannel 5:
“I tried to comfort and encourage her and subsequently reached out to the Suicide Prevention Help Line after being instructed to by my father at 10:08 a.m.
“Audrey has shared with others that she had been suicidal in the past and I knew to take this serious.
“I called Nashville’s non-emergency line at 10:14 a.m. and was on hold for nearly seven minutes before speaking with someone who said that they would send an officer to my home.
“An officer did not come to my home until 3:29 p.m.
“After phone calls from friends and Audrey’s name was released as the shooter at Covenant Nashville school, I learned that Audrey was the shooter and that she had reached out to me prior to the shooting.
“My heart is with all of the families affected and I’m devastated by what has happened,” Patton said.
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