Family of San Bernardino Massacre Shooter Denies ‘Terrorist’ Claim

December 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Relatives of the two people who carried out the massacre at a San Bernardino health facility never saw any sign the pair had violent tendencies, and were stunned when they learned of their involvement, family attorneys said today.

“None of the family members had any idea that this was going to take place, they were totally shocked,” said Sherman Oaks attorney David Chesley, who represents the two sisters, brother, brother-in-law and mother of Syed Rizwan Farook. “To the point where when they got word that there was an incident that had taken place, they were worried about the health and safety of Syed and (wife) Tashfeen (Malik) because there’s never been any evidence that either of the two alleged shooters were aggressive, had extremist views. They (the family) were totally shocked that this could take place, as shocked as anyone else was.”

Chesley and fellow attorney Mohammad Abuershaid stressed, however, that despite the FBI confirming that the attack is being investigated as an “act of terrorism,” there is no evidence linking the couple to any larger terrorist group or terror cell.

“Just as late as 1 p.m. today, the FBI chief James Comey came out and said that there was no sign that the alleged shooters belonged to a larger organization, a larger organized terrorist group or terrorist cell,” Chesley said. “ … They have come up with some things where they’re trying to say
they were inspired by some groups, but there hasn’t been any clear, smoking-gun evidence that they were part of any particular cell or any group. They (investigators) are pointing to things that they saw on Facebook under different account names in the case of Tashfeen Malik. She supposedly had a Facebook account set up under a different name that they say visited some group that may have been had ties (to radical groups).”

Chesley said that just because she may have looked at something on Facebook, it doesn’t mean she agrees with the views — noting that he has seen posts about Britney Spears but “hates” her music.

The attorneys said they have already met with the FBI, and even the investigators are having a hard time figuring out why the couple might be involved in such a violent act.

“The FBI actually said, `Look, we’re trying to find evidence or information that could cause us to believe that Syed Farook was some way affiliated with this incident, something inspired him to be involved in this incident, but the problem we’re having is we’re not finding any evidence of any
behavior that would show us that this would be the alleged shooter. So why is that happening?’

“We were like, we don’t have any explanation for you other than that there is no evidence,” he said. “None of the family knew of him being extreme or aggressive or having any extreme religious views.”

Abuershaid asked the media not to link the shootings to the fact Farook was a Muslim.

“Just because he had a religion, that he was a Muslim, it had nothing to do with these acts,” he said. “Islam does not agree, does not support any type of actions like this. It does not support killing. It does not support murder of innocent individuals. And the family would never support anything like this. And they’re giving their hearts and their prayers and everything else that they can do to assist the victims who lost their life that day as well.”

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