A neighbor of the Nashville bomber Anthony Q. Warner is recalling a conversation he had with him less than a week before the attack where Warner told him that the city of Nashville and the world will never forget him.
Less that a week before Christmas, Rick Laude, told The Associated Press that he saw Warner standing at his mailbox and he started a conversation with him.
During their neighborly chat, Laude said be casually asked Warner if Santa was bringing him anything good for Christmas.
Warner smiled and told him, “Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me,” Laude recalled.
He didn’t think much of it, taking his remarks to mean that good things were in-store for him financially.
He was shocked to learn that authorities identified Warner as the Nashville Christmas Day bomber who perished in the blast that damaged several buildings and injured three people.
Laude said nothing about Warner “raised any red flags.”
According to AP, Warner was making big changes in his life that suggests he never intended to survive the explosion. He gave away his car, telling the recipient that he had cancer. A month before the bombing, he signed a document that transferred his longtime home in a Nashville suburb to a California woman for nothing in return.
Investigators are still trying to figure out his motive for the attack.