This story just keeps getting murkier. Why has it taken a week for us to lear that the terrorist’s brother and the guy who supplied the weapons are related through marriage to a pair of Russian sisters?
Enrique Marquez, the 24-year-old Riverside man who legally bought assault rifles used in the San Bernardino massacre, had close ties to the family of the husband-and-wife killers.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, one of the two shooters involved in the San Bernardino massacre, once lived next door to Marquez on Tomlinson Avenue in Riverside. Both attended La Sierra High School. They both tinkered with cars, and both had an interest in guns.
Marquez also was tied to Farook’s family by marriage.
In November 2014, Marquez married a woman from Russia, Mariya Chernykh, 25, who is the younger sister of the wife of Farook’s older brother, according to Riverside County marriage records.
The certificate says Marquez and Chernykh lived in a townhouse in Corona owned by the Farook brother, Raheel Syed Farook, 30, who is listed as a witness at Marquez’s wedding.
Little more than a year earlier, Marquez and the shooter, Syed Rizwan Farook, were witnesses at the wedding of Chernykh’s sister, Titiana Gigliotti, 31, and Raheel Farook, records show.
It’s not clear how Marquez and Raheel Farook got to know the sisters from Russia.
Do we know how these sisters even got here? Why is a Russian named Gigliotti? Was she married prior to someone else? Meanwhile, both the Farook parents are now onth eterror watch list and we leearn now that Farook planned a terror attack several years ago but backed out.
Federal investigators believe San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook may have planned an attack prior to last week’s assault on a social service center that left 14 dead and 21 others injured, Fox News has learned.
It was not immediately clear when the attack was planned or what its target was. CNN, citing two U.S. officials, reported earlier Tuesday that Farook and another unidentified individual may have conspired to carry out an attack in 2012. However, one official told CNN that the pair “got spooked” and decided not to go through with their plan after a series of terror-related arrests in Southern California.
Authorities had previously said that Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, planned a follow-up attack after the San Bernardino assault when they were killed in a gun battle with local authorities last week. However, they have been unable to identify what the target of that attack would have been.
The new information appears to confirm that Farook’s radicalization predates his marriage to Malik, whom he met in 2013 and wed the following year. A law enforcement official told Fox News on Tuesday that Syed was in part radicalized in the U.S., and investigators were still “looking and investigating a number of individuals domestically.”
Sources close to the investigation told Fox News that information about the prior planned attack was revealed in interviews with Enrique Marquez, an old friend of Farook who legally purchased the two assault rifles used in the attack. Federal officials told The New York Times that Marquez purchased the rifles legally in 2011 or 2012 and either gave or sold them to Farook.
Marquez is being described by investigators as a very important witness who is providing significant information to federal agents about acquaintances of Farook and Malik. Marquez has not been charged with any crime in connection with last week’s rampage.
Law enforcement sources have also told Fox News that Marquez was in the process of converting to Islam and had begun using an Islamic name, making it more difficult for authorities to get in touch with him. Authorities said Marquez had checked himself into a Los Angeles-area psychiatric facility soon after the shooting.
Nothing suspicious there.
An official at the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco told The New York Times that Marquez had begun attending services there in 2010 or 2011. The official said Marquez initially came to the mosque once a month, but his attendance later became less frequent. At one point, the official said, Marquez went eight months between visits.
Investigators have also discovered that Marquez is related to the Farook family by marriage. Reuters, citing California marriage documents, reported that Marquez married Mariya Chernyk on Nov. 29 of last year, four months after Farook and Malik began their married life in the United States. Maria Cernyk’s sister, Tatiana, is married to Syed Raheel Farook, the shooter’s older brother. The documents show that Raheel Farook and Tatiana Cehernyk witnessed the marriage.
This story says Marquez converted to Islam when he was a teenager.
On Tuesday, Dec. 8, a former neighbor described the clan as smart, yet reclusive. Yet they became very close to one neighbor, Enrique Marquez, Jr., who authorities say bought two rifles used in the attack. Marquez, 24, converted to Islam when he was 17 or 18 and is married to the sister of the older Farook brother’s wife – who neighbors say was a mail-order Russian bride.