As the FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue their investigation into the deadly rampage across the city of Chattanooga,Tennessee, the 24 year old’s formative years will face scrutiny.
Investigators are trying to build a picture of what caused a seemingly ‘all American boy’ turn into a killer who targeted the US military. Abdulazeez, a naturalized US citizen, died after Chattanooga police converged on his silver Mustang convertible outside a Naval Reserve center where the four victims were killed.
Over 24 hours after the shooting US authorities said no links have yet been found to the ISIS terror group who have called for ‘lone wolf attacks’ on US soil. FBI agents removed computers from the killer’s home and two of his sisters were led out in handcuffs.
Authorities in Chattanooga are treating the killings as a domestic terror incident.
Two fathers, a 21-year-old barely out of boot camp and a Purple Heart recipient who served two tours of duty in Iraq have been identified as the four Marines whio died.
They were named as Gunnery Sgt Thomas J Sullivan, 40; Lance Cpl Skip Wells, 21; Sgt Carson Holmquist, 27 and Staff Sgt David Wyatt, 37.
The divorce complaint was filed by Mohammad’s mother Rasmia in February 2009 at the Hamilton County courthouse in Chattanooga.
The petition – which laid bare the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband – was later settled.
Home: The Abdulazeez family home in Hixson, Tennessee. It was raided by law enforcement yesterday
In the seven page complaint Rasmia alleged that her husband had been guilty of ‘inappropriate conduct’ and said he had beaten her so severely that she was forced to seek refuge in a women’s shelter.
The mother of five also claimed that the beatings took place in front of the children and her 57 year old husband had sexually assaulted that she [sic] when the children were present.
Rasmia alleged that her husband told her he intended to take a second wife ‘as permitted under certain circumstances under Islamic Law, in the parties’ native state of Palestine.’
She alleged he had been physically and verbally abusive to the children ‘striking and berating them without provocation or justification.’
Rasmia went on the claim that her brothers had flown to Chattanooga from their home in Kuwait and Washington DC to try and mediate in the situation.
But she wrote that the arrival of her relatives had a negative effect with her husband becoming more abusive and carrying out another sexual assault.
Rasmia adds that she is in fear of her safety and that unless a restraining order is put in place.
‘She is in fear for her safety at the hands of the Defendant,’ the petition said.
‘She avers that unless a Restraining Order is entered removing him from the marital home and preventing him from coming around her, she will be irrevocably injured.’
Cause: A message posted on social media on one of the murderer’s sister’s accounts shows the family’s views on the Middle East
Support: The Marine-killing gunman’s sister also posted this entry on the murder of a Muslim family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina