In a news conference Friday, the family attorneys of Syed Farook -- one of the two suspects involved in Wednesday's massacre in San Bernardino, Califorrnia -- cautioned the media not to jump to conclusions, saying that, “we need to protect the Muslim communities.” The attorneys, Mohammad Abuershaid and David Chesley, emphasized there was no proof linking the husband and wife suspects to a broader terrorist organization. [Both suspects were killed by police Wednesday.]
“There was information about the fact that his co-workers had made fun of him, in example, for his beard,” Chesley said. “He was a very isolated, introverted individual with really no friends that we could identify.”
As for Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, the attorneys described her as a “typical housewife,” “isolated” and “conservative,” and that Farook’s brothers had never seen her face; she always wore a burqa.
Malik, a native Pakistani who had been living in Saudi Arabia before she met Farook through an online dating site. She entered the United States in July 2014 on a fiancée visa, and together the couple had one daughter.
More details have continued to emerge, unraveling the mysterious lives of Farook and Malik, however officials have yet to determine a motive behind the slayings. Malik had reportedly pledged allegiance to terrorist Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, CNN reported. Farook, a Muslim, was reportedly radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for links to terrorism, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
“It just doesn’t make sense for these two to be able to act like some kind of Bonnie and Clyde or something,” Chesley told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “It’s just ridiculous. It doesn’t add up.”