Neighbor who bought military-style weapons for CA Jihadis was Muslim


From Pamela Geller

Enrique Marquez, the neighbor who bought the military-style rifles for Syed Farook, was Muslim. He prayed at the same mosque as the family members. An official with the Islamic Center of Corona-Norco in Corona, Calif., the mosque Syed Farook’s brother Raheel regularly attended, said that Marquez attended the center. Ma studied Islam with Syed Rizwan Farook.

UPDATED: That man, Enrique Marquez — who NBC News has learned is an in-law of Farook — had converted to Islam about three or four years ago, according to the son of the imam at the Islamic Center of Riverside.

WaPo: It is unclear when Farook obtained them, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Marquez, who works as a security guard at Walmart and had lived next door to the Farook family for years, could become a subject of the investigation depending on what the FBI learns, one official said.

Farook and Marquez were friends who shared a love of automobiles, according to neighbors interviewed this week, who said Marquez and Farook could sometimes be seen working on cars together in the neighborhood.

Marquez checked himself into a mental health facility Friday. Authorities said he has since checked out and been questioned by the FBI, which is interested in learning about the guns he provided as well as whether he had any knowledge of the plot. The FBI is also investigating whether Marquez and Farook had talked about getting into “badness,” said another of the officials.

Reports on Monday suggested that Marquez and Farook may have had another connection in addition to being neighbors. An official with the Islamic Center of Corona-Norco, in Corona, Calif., the mosque Syed Farook’s brother Raheel regularly attended, said that he believed Marquez periodically attended the center in the past.

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