Just weeks after the Nashville school shooting, another transgender individual has been charged with attempted murder. Local news reported that the the 19-year-old, who identifies as “Lilly,” made threats against multiple schools within one of the largest school districts in Colorado.
Whitworth was reportedly undergoing a gender transition to female.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Lilly, whose birth name is William Whitworth, used female pronouns (she/her). Following Whitworth’s sister’s report of violent behavior and references to school shootings, deputies visited Whitworth’s residence. They discovered Whitworth intoxicated and lying in bed in a room filled with trash and punctured walls.
When speaking with deputies, Whitworth appeared very drowsy and struggled to stay awake. She answered questions with her eyes closed. When asked if she was planning to commit a school shooting, Whitworth nodded affirmatively, and when questioned why, she replied, “Why does anyone do it?”
When asked if that was the school she was going to “shoot up,” Whitworth again nodded yes. When asked why that school, Whitworth stated, “No specific reason.”
During the initial interaction with Whitworth, deputies noted she made suicidal statements. According to the affidavit, Whitworth also said she was “a little drunk” and swayed back and forth while walking down the hallway out of the bedroom.
While waiting for the fire department, Whitworth was asked how much she had been planning the school shooting. She stated she was “about a third of the way from doing it,” verifying again that Timberview Middle School was one of the “main targets” currently and other targets were churches.
Whitworth stated she’d been planning it for a month or two, stated the layout of the school, active firearm planning, and started a manifesto.
According to the affidavit, investigators found the manifesto, a dry-erase board with floor plans, and a list of names in a notebook.
Whitworth said the manifesto was four pages long and had “schizophrenic rants” on them. However, the affidavit states when deputies asked if she was schizophrenic, she replied “I hope not.”
According to the affidavit, Whitworth was asked how much she knew about school shootings, and she stated, “Too much.” When asked what she meant by that, Whitworth stated “There’s a page in my manifesto and there’s a bunch of mass killers.”
On the dry-erase board, investigators noted it looked like a labeled floor plan of a school, with labels identifying the office, bathrooms, classrooms, and the different levels.
In two different notebooks, deputies found more floor plans, a drawing of a clock to use a detonation device stating, “Remove clock intemials and drive a screw into the desired detonation time on the face of the clock, and “Is this what they meant when they said making a mockery of the massacre?”
Whitmore stated she watched a video on YouTube on “how to do it” regarding the picture of a detonator.
Deputies obtained a search warrant of the home and found “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and more books with notes. Written inside one book had written inside, “Ways I want to die,” with a list stating murder, burning alive, freezing, and drowning.