Austin, Texas (CNN) — The wife of a man who officials say crashed his small airplane into an Internal Revenue Service office in Texas expressed her “sincere sympathy to the victims and their families” Friday.
“Words cannot adequately express the sorrow or the sympathy I feel for everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy,” Sheryl Stack said in a statement read by a family friend, Rayford Walker.
Two people were dead and two others were hospitalized Thursday after Joe Stack rammed his his Piper Cherokee PA-28 into a seven-story building in northwest Austin, federal officials said. The building housed an IRS office with nearly 200 employees.
A 3,000-word message on a Web site registered to Stack railed against the government, particularly the IRS.
“I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different,” the online message says. “I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.”
Authorities say Stack also set fire to his $230,000 home in Austin before embarking on his fatal flight.
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An IRS criminal investigator went to visit Stack’s accountant after Thursday’s events, leaving a business card on the CPA’s front door.
The online message believed to have been written by Stack mentions accountant Bill Ross, saying it became “brutally evident that he was representing himself and not me.”
IRS investigator James L. Neff told CNN that Ross is not under investigation. Officials just wanted to make sure he was OK after reading the online comments.
“We didn’t know if he was alive or dead,” Neff said.
Ross was fine, the investigator said.
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