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The suspect had expressed his support for Blue Lives Matter on social media.


He enlisted as a cadet in a program for teenagers aspiring to become police officers. He filled his Facebook page with support for Blue Lives Matter. He sat in front of a rally for President Donald J. Trump and posted images of it on TikTok. And he chose to celebrate his 16th birthday by raising money for a police support group called Humanizing the Badge.

Now Kyle H. Rittenhouse is on trial for the fatal shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the injury of Gaige Grosskreutz, in the wake of street protests last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Mr. Rittenhouse, now 18, had come to Kenosha from his home in Antioch, Illinois, a 30-minute drive away, where he lived in an apartment complex with his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, a nurse.

Before the shooting, Mr. Rittenhouse had two profiles on TikTok. On one, he posted a photo of a rally for Mr. Trump in Iowa. On the other hand, he posted support for Blue Lives Matter, guns and Mr. Trump. “Bruh, I’m just trying to get famous,” he wrote in his bio summary of the account, which had attracted 26 followers.

One account contained a video of him firing a semi-automatic rifle and assembling a rifle. That account was also linked to several Blue Lives Matter accounts, one with southern images.

His Facebook profile, which was deactivated shortly after his arrest, was overflowing with content praising Blue Lives Matter.

His mother posted pictures of him while he was enrolled in an aspiring firefighter cadet program in Antioch. He had served as a cadet in a local police public safety program. Mr. Rittenhouse had also worked as a part-time lifeguard at a YMCA before being fired. An executive at Culver’s, a Midwestern burger chain, said he’d worked there briefly, but it “didn’t fit well.”

He faced a similar hurdle with the U.S. Marine Corps and contacted recruiters before being disqualified from service, said Captain Joseph A. Butterfield, a spokesman, who declined to comment further.

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