Texas gunman had happy childhood in Pakistan but struggled in U.S.

(Reuters) – Nadir Soofi, a gunman shot dead after opening fire at a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, was a popular schoolboy in Pakistan but struggled to adjust to the United States after moving there as a teen, friends said on Tuesday.

Soofi’s story appeared to trace a familiar arc for some Western Islamists – disappointment, alienation, and a search for belonging that ended with the embrace of militancy…

…Friends in Pakistan, who studied with Soofi at the elite International School of Islamabad, were stunned to discover that police had identified him as was one of the attackers.

“When he was in Islamabad, he had a great life. His mom was an American who taught art at the school, he was in plays, popular with girls,” said one of Soofi’s best friends at school.

“His nickname was Goofy” because of his sense of humor, said the man, who declined to be identified to preserve his privacy…

Mind you, Anjem Choudary was wild in his youth too. Islamolunacy can break out at any time.

  • Pity he didn’t stay.

    • Martin B

      He’s where he belongs now, so it all worked out.

      • The Goat

        Indeed, the place where the tables are turned for the goat.

    • The Goat

      Why didn’t he stay? Why was he allowed into Texas? Are we crazy?

  • k1962

    That’s right and it’s called sudden jihad syndrome.

    • winniec

      Don’t count on it. He probably put a lot of thought into how he would murder for Allah.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I hope he is sodomized by wild boars in hell for eternity. I hope everyone who’s ever been related to him dies in a fire.

  • Dana Garcia

    Immigration to a different culture is extremely stressful, particularly for the young. They are torn between their parents’ values and wanting to fit in at school. As a result, many join gangs of young people like themselves.

    • David Murrell

      …and often their life expectancy is a tad short, as a result of shooting each other.

  • winniec

    Sinful Muslims can purge all their sins with one act of jihad murder.
    Murder is the holiest sacrament in Islam.

  • winniec

    Weeping granny said, ‘He was never like that.’ (At least not with her.)
    However, Islam the Death Cult Ideology is ‘like that’…exactly ‘like that’.

  • no4

    BBC claim he was born in Garland,Texas to white mother and Paki father. Moved back to Pakistan after their divorce, then returned to USA.
    The other guy was a convert. What is it with the converts? There is quite a list of murdering converts now.

  • WalterBannon

    His mom was an “American” who committed treason….

  • How can anyone be happy in a country where polio still exists?