OSU Suspect Told Campus Paper He Was Afraid to Pray in Public
The suspect in Monday's attack at Ohio State University told the campus newspaper earlier this year that, as a Muslim, he was afraid to pray in public, Ashley Webster reported.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan told The Lantern in August that he was afraid to publicly profess his Muslim faith because of recent media coverage:
I wanted to pray in the open but I was scared with everything going on in the media--
I'm a Muslim. It's not what the media portrays me to be.
If people look at me--a Muslim praying-- I don't know what they're going to think [or] what's going to happen, but I don't blame them
It's the media that put that picture in their heads...
But I just did it. I relied on God and went over to the corner and just prayed.
— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 28, 2016
Webster said on Risk & Reward that the investigation into the attack is still ongoing.
ISIS has recently encouraged its followers to conduct attacks similar to Artan's-- using vehicles and knives when explosives are unavailable-- he said, but as of Monday evening, officials have not yet determined a motive.
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