Here’s what we know about the man behind Friday’s attack on Capitol Hill.

Noah Green, the knife-wielding man killed after ramming his car into a checkpoint at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, was a troubled former college athlete whose life was disintegrating in the months leading up to a violent outburst that left one officer dead and another injured.

On the football field at Christopher Newport University in Virginia, Noah R. Green was No. 21, a dependable and good-natured, if soft-spoken, presence in the defensive backfield. Off the field, he was focused on Black economic empowerment and planned a career to help close the racial wealth gap.

By late March, after a bruising pandemic year that friends and family said left him isolated and mentally unmoored, Mr. Green’s life appeared increasingly to revolve around the Nation of Islam and its leader Louis Farrakhan, who has repeatedly promoted anti-Semitism.

On Friday afternoon, law enforcement officials said, Mr. Green, 25, drove a dark blue Nissan sedan from the Virginia suburbs and plowed into two police officers protecting the Capitol grounds. He then got out of the car brandishing a knife and lunged at officers.

“I was able to graduate with distinction, earn a well-paying job straight out of college, and pursue my graduate degree, despite not growing up in the best of circumstances,” he wrote on Facebook on March 17.

In his final Facebook post on March 21, Mr. Green wrote about a “divine warning” that these were the “last days of our world as we know it.”

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