Philly.com notes how Edward's mother, Valerie Holliday, called Archer a devout Muslim who has been one for a long time. The oldest of seven children, Edward also had head injuries due to football, said Archer's mom. Edward also suffered injuries from a moped mishap, and Archer had been acting weird as of late, claimed Edward's mom. Valerie described how Archer had been laughing and talking to himself.
"He's been acting kind of strange lately. He's been talking to himself... laughing and mumbling. He's been hearing voices in his head. We asked him to get medical help. He's going through a lot lately. I don't know how he got the gun. I'm still hoping they have the wrong child."
"I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State. That is why I did what I did."
As noted by the official Twitter account of the 14th District, caution was urged.
"Thank the Lord that one of own will recover after being ambushed & shot last night. Please use extreme caution while out on patrol!!"