The unhinged driver who fatally ran down a police officer before being shot to death by law enforcement outside the US Capitol on Friday may have shown signs of head trauma from his time as a football player, according to his family on Saturday.
Noah Green, 25, was “not a terrorist by any means,” his family asserted to The Washington Post.
Reports claim Green was studying for his master’s degree in business administration, however he was also dealing with “depression and potential mental illness,” according to his family.
His possible mental health issues may have begun due to head trauma that got worse over the years of playing football, notably as a defensive back at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, they claimed.
His brother Brendan said that Green had a history of disturbing behavior, and was starting to unravel the evening before the fatal attack.
Brendan claims his brother was very sick the night before the car attack on the Capitol and sent him a troubling text message on Thursday, the Post reported.
“‘I’m sorry but I’m just going to go and live and be homeless,’” Brendan said his brother informed him in an eerie text the day before Friday’s horrifying ordeal, according to the Post.
“Thank you for everything that you’ve done,” the text went on, he claimed. “I looked up to you when I was a kid. You inspired me a lot.”
Just 24 hours later, Noah rammed his car into two police officers at a Capitol barricade before running at them with a knife in hand.
Veteran officer William Evans was killed as a result of his injuries from the attack. The other officer has been recovering at the hospital since that day.
Green is survived by seven sisters and two brothers, and was said to be a promising defensive back on the Christopher Newport University football team before psychological delusion and sudden dedication to the Nation of Islam had the people closest to him worried about his mental state in recent years, according to the outlet.
In 2019, Green is said to have accused his former teammates of drugging him with Xanax, which one teammate insits never happen, according to the article.
Green is said to have complained that the alleged incident turned him into a drug addict and he then went through withdrawal.
He relocated into a Newport News apartment where relentless hallucinations, heart palpitations, headaches and suicidal thoughts were plaguing him, his brother said to the outlet.
One day Noah left his Virginia apartment and resettled to Indianapolis, telling his brother drugs made him want to live there, the report says.
Brendan booked a flight to check on Noah after hearing claims that people were trying to break into his home, according to the article.
Brendan told the paper that the apartment seemed fine but his brother’s “mind didn’t seem right.”
A few months ago, Noah relocated to Botswana and informed his brother “his mind was telling him to basically commit suicide,” according to the article.
Shortly after, he threw himself in front of a car and required surgery, Brendan said to the Post.
Just two weeks ago, a distressed Noah is said to have reached out to his brother and asked if he could live with him. Noah confessed that he was “in a really bad situation and in really bad shape,” according to the paper.
After moving in with Brendan, Noah made a disturbing post on Facebook just two weeks before his attack.
“I was on the right track and everything I had planned was coming into existence. It required long hours, lots of studying, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing an array of concerning symptoms along the path (I believe to be side effects of drugs I was intaking unknowingly),” he posted on March 17, signing the statement “Brother Noah X.”
“However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things. Throughout life I have set goals, attained them, set higher ones, and then been required to sacrifice those things,” he added