More and more details are emerging about the 24-year-old man who killed four Marines in attacks on two military centers Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 


The 4 Marines Killed in the Chattanooga Attack Have Been Identified


Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait, but lived most of his life in the Chattanooga area, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1996.

He was killed by authorities after he opened fire on the Marines at the second military center. 

Abdulazeez was reportedly involved in mixed-martial arts, winning a 2009 match in Chattanooga. 

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He was also a wrestler at Red Bank High School near Chattanooga and also took up boxing. 

 

Abdulazeez wrote in his high school yearbook about his last name triggering "national security alerts."

 

According to Daily Beast, he published two blog posts on July 13, discussing his Muslim faith.

In one post, he wrote:

“We ask Allah to make us follow their path. To give us a complete understanding of the message of Islam, and the strength the live by this knowledge, and to know what role we need to play to establish Islam in the world.”

In another, he wrote: 

 

So, far officials have said they have no evidence linking Abdulazeez to a terror organization. The FBI has said Abdulazeez was not on their radar.

His father, Youssuf Abdulazeez, was once reportedly on a "watch list" for suspected ties to terrorism, then removed. 

Investigators are looking into several trips by Abdulazeez to the Middle East in recent years, including going to Jordan last year.

His father was appointed in 2005 as a "special policeman" for Chattanooga's public works department.

 

The first photo of Abdulazeez to be released was a mugshot from an April arrest for driving under the influence. Cops said his vehicle smelled of marijuana.

 

Those who knew Abdulazeez seem shocked at his actions. His former MMA coach, Scott Schrader, reportedly called him "an All-American kid."

"He was honestly one of the funniest guys I'd ever met. I never saw a violent bone in his body, outside of the sport he was doing," he said.

A woman who knew Abdulazeez and lives in the same neighborhood, echoed that on "Fox and Friends," saying the family seemed like just another "All-American family." 

Marsh said she once babysat with Abdulazeez's sister.

Abdulazeez graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. 

"He seemed like an intelligent boy, he seemed like a nice boy. I never would have seen this coming from him, absolutely not. He was just another engineering major who graduated recently," said Marsh.

Marsh said hearing the identity of the gunman "was the biggest shock I've ever gotten."

She speculated that maybe after college, Abdulazeez became involved with the wrong people. 

"I can't tell you how you go from being a normal college student to doing something as horrible as this," she said.