The father of the 16-year-old transgender student who allegedly shot up STEM School Highlands Ranch last week is a criminal illegal alien who has been deported multiple times.

The father, who The Daily Wire is not naming along with his biological daughter, “is a serial felon and illegal immigrant from Mexico” who “was once jailed for 15 months for domestic violence against [the shooter’s] mother and ‘menacing with a weapon,'” according to the Daily Mail.

The father, 33, has been deported twice from the United States and had been arrested multiple times in the last several years.

In 2008, “the father was charged with attempting to kidnap, ‘menacing with a weapon’, and failing to stop for police,” the Mail added. “On December 27, 2016, police in Castle Rock learned a warrant had been issued against Quintana in New Mexico for domestic violence. They found him at a house in Castle Rock and arrested him for being a fugitive from justice.”

The Mail noted that the transgender shooter wrote multiple times on social media about missing their dad, wondering why their dad was not around.

The New York Post reported that the posts made by the transgender shooter showed a psychologically “tortured kid who experimented with drugs, detested his classmates and was struggling to fit in.”

The tragic shooting, which left one dead and several injured, was instantly politicized by far-left group Moms Demand Action and Democrat politicians Rep. Jason Crow (CO) and Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) — who used a vigil for the student who was killed to push for gun control.

“Hundreds of students attended the vigil held in nearby Highlands Ranch High School and quickly realized that the event was intended to push for gun control and was not about remembering Kendrick Castillo, their 18-year-old classmate who was killed when he attacked the assailant, allowing some of his classmates to escape,” The Daily Wire reported last week.

Multiple people who were at the event identified Moms Demand Actions’ Laura Reeves as the person who most angered those in attendance, which led to them storming out of the event and chanting “mental health.”


Reeves said multiple things that one student described as “dystopian” and said were not connected to reality.

Reeves encouraged students to help elect Democrat politicians, register people to vote in the upcoming election, lead walkouts and demonstrations, write op-eds, raise money, and use social media to push for gun control.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The name of the suspect has been withheld from this article. Recent studies suggest that “media coverage of mass shootings can have a significant impact on the psyches of potential mass shooters — that such potential mass shooters have a cognitive craving for attention, which they know they will receive for committing atrocities.” For this reason, The Daily Wire no longer publishes names and images of mass shooters as it has become increasingly clear in recent years that “the value of public knowledge regarding specific names and photographs of mass shooters is significantly outweighed by the possibility of encouraging more mass shootings.”

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