Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook were radicalized, but how, why, for how long and by whom is still unclear
Malik pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook just before she and her husband murdered 14 people
It seems every day investigators acquire new puzzle pieces that they hope will eventually fit together to create a complete picture of how Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook became radicalized. But right now there are more questions than answers in the story of a young married couple, living in a midsize California city, the mother seeming like a quiet housewife with a 6-month-old daughter, the husband working an office job.
“Normal” is the word that people who knew the couple used to describe them before they murdered 14 people.
Here’s what we know and need to ask about Malik and Farook:
What did their family know?
At least one parent – Farook’s father – apparently knew about the radicalization, so why didn’t he alert authorities?
Last weekend, the father, whose name also is Syed Farook, told an Italian newspaper that his son supported ISIS’s ideology of establishing an Islamic caliphate.
“He said he shared the ideology of [ISIS leader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi to create an Islamic state, and he was fixated on Israel,” La Stampa newspaper quoted the elder Farook as saying.
David Chesley, an attorney representing the family, told CNN that the father was on medications and didn’t recall making those comments.
Other relatives in the United States didn’t notice anything they thought was alarming about the couple, Chelsey said.
“The family was completely surprised and devastated. … No one had any knowledge. If anybody would have, they definitely would have done something to stop it,” Chesley told CNN’s “Erin Burnett: OutFront” on Monday.