Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, of Santa Barbara, California, United States was convinced by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories that he was saving the world from monsters, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit. He reportedly confessed to killing his two children in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
Coleman is the founder of Lovewater Surf School, which serves the Santa Barbara area with surf lessons, summer surf camps and beginner to advanced coaching and after-school programs. He and Abby Coleman got married on January 8, 2017.
Abby gave birth to their son Kaleo Skye Coleman in October 2018 and to their daughter Roxy Rain Coleman in September 2020. Enlightened by QAnon and Illuminati conspiracy theories, Matthew was allegedly receiving visions and signs revealing that Abby possessed serpent DNA and had passed it onto Kaleo and Roxy.
Matthew said he knew it was wrong but it was the only course of action that would save the world, according to the FBI affidavit. On August 7, 2021, Abby called the Santa Barbara Police Department to report that her husband had left their home in a Mercedes Sprinter van and she did not know where he and their children had gone.
At around 2:45 a.m. on August 9, 2021, Matthew left a City Express hotel in Rosarito with Kaleo and Roxy. At around 5:45 a.m., Matthew returned to the hotel by himself.
At 7:30 a.m., a farmworker found the two children dead near the El Descanso ranch in Rosarito. Roxy had been stabbed 12 times while Kaleo was stabbed 17 times.
At 9:30 a.m., Matthew checked out from the hotel. Later that day, U.S. Border police arrested him while he was trying to reenter the U.S. from Mexico.
According to the FBI, Matthew used a spearfishing gun to kill his two children at the side of a road near Rancho del Cielo in Rosarito earlier that day. The father allegedly said Kaleo did not die right away so he had to move the spear around to finish the killing and cut his hand in the process.