Reshad’s cousin, Tirrell Riddle, 28, of Ashtabula, spent time with Reshad on Saturday.
“He showed me the Koran,” he said. “He talked about how his eyes were opened.”
Reshad’s great-uncle, Adam Holman of Ashtabula, said he saw Reshad come across the church property Sunday.
“(After the shooting) he walked right past people, several people,” Holman said. “He came into the church, holding the gun up in the air — and went up to the pulpit.”
Holman got down on his hands and knees and crawled out of the church.
More than 150 people attended church Sunday and most of them were still in the church or on the grounds when the shooting occurred, he said.
Ann Riddle said she couldn’t believe what was happening — a man who looked like her nephew shot her brother. Her brain had difficulty computing what her eyes were seeing, she said.
“’Reshad!’ I yelled,” she said. “His eyes were glassy. He didn’t look like himself.”
She ran over to her brother and prayed over his body with her mother.
“I said, ‘Richard, it’s gonna be all right,’” Ann Riddle said. “I patted him on the chest.”
Her mother shook her head and looked down as Ann described the scene. When she did speak, Mattie said, “Richard had a great sense of humor, and he loved to barbecue.”
When contacted by phone Monday night, Riddle’s 30-year-old twin daughters, who live in North Carolina, said they are crushed by the news. They were packing their bags to come to Ashtabula to be with their family.
“He was the love of my life,” Asia Riddle said of her father.
Her sister, Monifa Riddle, sobbed as she said, “We will always be daddy’s little girls; always and forever.”