Today, July 17, 2016 is Gavin Long’s 29th birthday. The former Marine sergeant from Kansas City, Missouri, opened fire on police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He took the lives of Montrell Jackson, 32, and Matthew Gerald, 41, and Brad Garafola, 45, at around 8:45 a.m. in the Old Hammond area — less than a mile from police headquarters. One officer is in critical condition and the two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are being treated at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center at press time.
He was honorably discharged in August 2010 after five years of service and his final Marine rank was E-5.
He owned a website: convoswithcosmo.com described as “The World’s Foremost Authority on Alpha Preneurism.”
Long wrote books using the pen name Cosmo Setepenra that can be found on http://www.cosmoglobal.org/books and Amazon.com.
According to his profile on Amazon.com:
Cosmo is a nutritionist, life coach, dietitian, personal trainer, author and spiritual advisor. At the age of sixteen, after self-educating himself about fitness, nutrition, and diet, Cosmo lost over eighty pounds in six months. He then joined the United States Marine Corps and earned the rank of Sergeant (E-5) in less than three years as one of the Corps most physically fit Marines. During his five years as a Marine, Cosmo spent two years in Japan and did one tour in Iraq. While stationed in San Diego, California, Cosmo became a highly esteemed and sought after nutritionist and personal trainer. After completing an Associate’s degree in General Studies at Central Texas College, Cosmo then attended Clark Atlanta University to further his education. After a year and a half at Clark Atlanta as a dean’s list student, he had a spiritual revelation that resulted in him dropping out of college, selling his two cars, giving away all of his material possessions, packing two suitcases and journeying to Africa-his ancestral homeland. While in Africa, Cosmo’s spiritual journey took him across Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana and Burkina Faso. During that time he frequented the highly treasured and revered mountainous regions of Africa and was taught by Africa’s native spiritual practitioners and elder holistic healers. Cosmo has been an avid student of nutrition, health, fitness, personal transformation and spiritual mastery since the age of sixteen. He conducts sports nutrition workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. He has traveled nationally to over thirty States in the U.S., and internationally to The Bahamas, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Maldives (Island country near India), Iraq, and Africa to name a few. In addition to over twelve years of health, fitness, and nutrition experience, Cosmo also has extensive sports nutrition, life-coach, and spiritual counseling experience with fitness enthusiasts, professional athletes and spiritual seekers. In one-on-one sessions, he coaches his clients on ways to create a daily food plan that is successful and can be maintained over the long-term. He also helps them reach their optimal weight, diet, spiritual and personal growth goals.
He penned several books. See the descriptions in the gallery and more photos of the gunman who died on the scene.