Ohio State University Assistant Director of Residence Life Stephanie Clemons Thompson may have urged sympathy for suspected Monday attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan in a Facebook post.
Clemons apparently repeated urging for her friends not to share the Facebook post, suggesting she was aware of the controversial nature of her language.
Artan emigrated to the U.S. in 2014, NBCNews reports. Artan was a refugee whose family left Somalia in 2007, spent seven years in Pakistan, and became legal permanent residents of the U.S. in 2014.
Before the attack, Artan reportedly posted on Facebook, “I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” according to ABCNews. “We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims,” he declared.
Artan was profiled in an Aug. 25 segment titled, “Humans of Ohio State” where he lamented, “This place is huge, I don’t even know where to pray.” Artan said he wanted to pray in the open but was scared because of recent media coverage.
“If people look at me a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, whats going to happen.” Artan then railed against the media saying, “its the media that puts that picture in their heads so they’re going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”
“We have to consider that it is” a terrorist attack, Columbus Ohio Police Chief Kim Jacobs told reporters Monday. Jacobs elaborated that police “engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat.” Reports indicate he allegedly swerved his car onto the curb striking students, before attacking other students with a butcher knife.
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