Noah Green was an unemployed Nation of Islam follower. His family claims he may have been suffering from mental health issues
Twenty-five year-old Nation of Islam follower Noah Green rammed his car into a Capitol Hill barricade, killing Officer William “Billy” Evans and wounding another officer. Green then exited his vehicle wielding a large knife and was shot and killed at the scene. Here’s what we know about Green.
Here’s what Capitol Police tweeted shortly after the incident.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) April 2, 2021
Since then, more information about suspect Green has surfaced. According to reports, Green considered himself a member of the Nation of Islam, a black Islamic organization that even the Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed a hate group.
Green’s Nation of Islam beliefs emerged through a review of his now-deleted Facebook page by Heavy, although police have not specified a motive and say they don’t believe the attack was terrorism-related. On Facebook, as recently as March 2021, the suspect expressed admiration for Elijah Muhammad, the now-deceased Nation of Islam leader who was a mentor to Malcolm X. Green referred to himself as “Noah X.”
. . . . Britannica calls Muhammad the “leader of the black separatist religious movement known as the Nation of Islam (sometimes called Black Muslims) in the United States.” Farrakhan is a Nation of Islam leader noted for his Black separatist teachings and anti-Semitic comments.
The Southern Poverty Law Center considers the Nation of Islam a hate group, writing that it considers whites “devils,” and indicating, “Since its founding in 1930, the Nation of Islam (NOI) has grown into one of the wealthiest and best-known organizations in black America. Its theology of innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.”
The Facebook posts reviewed by Heavy did not mention any presidents or political parties; they seemed fixated instead on Nation of Islam religious teachings and a sense of a troubled world.
Heavy.com includes screenshots of numerous Facebook posts by and photos of Green, including one of some kind of Nation of Islam “certificate of completion” that he posted last month.
On March 17, Green posted a “certificate of completion” from the Nation of Islam. It was labeled “Saviors’ Day Gift 2021” and was presented to Noah X of Norfolk, Virginia for “recognition of your sacrifice in making your word bond and completing your 2021 saviors’ day gift in the amount of $1,085.”
Heavy.com also notes that Green’s Christopher Newport University (CNU) biography includes his desire to have met Malcolm X (presumably before he rejected the Nation of Islam and was murdered by its adherents).
The CNU biography gives some details about Green, including that he wished he could have met Malcolm X.
“Personal — Noah Ricardo Green was born in Fairlea, W. Va…Son of Mazie and Newotn Green…Has seven sisters and two brothers…Favorite sports personality is Russell Westbrook…Dream vacation is a trip to Jamaica…Person in history he’d most like to meet is Malcolm X…Most impressive person met is his grandmother…Favorite movie is Spiderman…Majoring in Business,” the brief biography reads.
Andy Ngo also grabbed some information from Facebook before Green’s account was removed.
Here is another photo of the deceased U.S. Capitol attacker (25-year-old Noah Green aka "Noah X") that I managed to save before Facebook deleted his entire profile. #NationofIslam #Capitol #CapitolHill pic.twitter.com/k0FcEWHsmx
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 2, 2021
Green’s family and friends have expressed shock that Green committed this deadly crime and suggest that he had possible mental health issues.
The family said Noah Green, who was fatally shot by police, appeared to have been suffering from “depression and potential mental illness.” They said upon learning of the attack, they “were just as taken aback as the rest of the nation from this horrific event.” https://t.co/Wlo3JTbpvb
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) April 3, 2021
Noah Green, 25, was identified as the suspect in the attack that killed one U.S. Capitol Police officer and injured another, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the inquiry. Those who knew Green described him as quiet, athletic and non-violent but also told USA TODAY they were concerned about recent changes in his behavior.
. . . . Green was born in West Virginia but spent most of his life growing up in a sparsely populated area of Virginia with a large family, including nine siblings, USA TODAY learned through multiple interviews. He was athletic, playing basketball and football growing up.
He graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2019, where he played football as a defensive back, a spokesman for the school in Newport News, Virginia, told USA TODAY . . . .
Andre Toran, who was a captain on the football team at the time, said Green was a “really quiet guy” who would crack jokes every once in a while but usually just smiled instead of chiming in on conversations.
“I know people say this all the time, but the guy who I played with is not the same person who did this,” said Toran, a reporter at the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, part of the USA TODAY Network.
Toran said while he moved away to attend graduate school in Chicago, Green’s mental state became an issue of concern among their friends.
Toran shared a Facebook post from Green during the COVID-19 pandemic in which Green accused his roommates of drugging him. Green wrote that he’d moved out but was suffering from withdrawals that included seizures and a lack of appetite, along with “paranoia” and “depression.” He wrote in the post that he was also experiencing “suicidal ideation.”
. . . . KC Humphries, who attended CNU with Green, told USA TODAY they worked together at the school’s gym.
“He kind of came off as the average football athlete,” she said.
But, she added, she noticed the recent changes in his social media posts.
“They were very weird. It was posts about joining his church and ‘one day you’ll see’ kind of stuff,” Humphries said. “It was just a lot of weird, kind of cult stuff.”
. . . . One of Green’s brothers told The Washington Post that Noah Green appeared to have mentally unraveled in the last several years. He abruptly moved from Virginia to Indiana and told his brother, Brendan, he was suffering from hallucinations, heart palpitations, headaches and suicidal thoughts. Brendan Green told the paper his brother informed him the drugs told him to move to Indianapolis.
In Indiana, Noah told his brother that people were attempting to break into his apartment. Brendan Green said he flew out to Indianapolis but didn’t see anything suspicious and told The Post that Noah’s “mind didn’t seem right.”
A few months ago, Noah Green moved to Botswana, his brother told the Post. The brothers kept in contact and at one point, Noah told Brendan that “his mind was telling him to basically commit suicide” and said he’d jumped in front of a car, Brendan told The Post. Several weeks ago, Brendan allowed Noah to come live with him after Noah said he was “in a really bad situation.”
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