Slain Messianic Jew had argued Islam, Israel with San Bernardino shooter

By JTA
December 4, 2015 21:33

 
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Nicholas Thalasinos, the Messianic Jew killed in the shooting spree in San Bernardino, California, reportedly sparred with his alleged killer over Islam and Israel weeks before his death.

Thalasinos got into an argument with Syed Rizwan Farook several weeks prior to the shooting on Wednesday, which left 14 people dead and 21 injured, according to several news reports.

Thalasinos said Farook “doesn’t agree that Islam is not a peaceful religion.” Farook responded that Americans don’t understand Islam, to which Thalasinos said, “I don’t know how to talk with him,” the Associated Press reported based on an account from a friend of Thalasinos who overheard the exchange.

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