Donald Trump capitalized on the OSU stabbing attack, leaving the attacker’s family shocked and afraid according to their lawyer, VOA News reports.
Abdul Razak Ali Artan hit students on the Ohio State campus with his car, then got out and stabbed multiple people. He was shot and killed at the scene by campus police.
ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2016
Artan’s family attorney, Robert Fitrakis, said the family is still in a “tremendous shock.”
“They [the family] are very afraid, and they expected to be attacked when they go to school or in the community. There is a great fear up there. With the statement of the President-elect Trump, to some extent I am not sure they want their faces on camera,” he said.
“Me I do not care, I believe in the American values. I don’t believe in corruption of the blood and guilty by association,” he added. “This family is innocent, shocked and traumatized. They really want an answer.”
Artan’s family fled Somalia, lived in Pakistan for two years then came to the United States in 2014 through a refugee program.
Right before the attack, Artan published a post on Facebook blaming America for killing Muslims abroad and praising Al-Qaeda.
His family say they can’t believe he would do such a thing.
“They believed something influenced their son or their brother and they want to get to the bottom of it. They want to make sure that nobody else has to go through the pain, the suffering and the trauma they are going through,” said Fitrakis.
“The mother, Faduma Saeed Abdullahi, is a single mother who was raising seven children including Artan. She was really very obsessed with education and the father of the family is still in Somalia to my understanding,” Fitrakis said.
Federal and state investigators have found no strong evidence to link Abdul to terrorist groups.
“Abdul graduated from the Ohio community college last summer with cum laude. He was a polite and hard working person who was spending most of the time either working at Home Depot or studying,” Fitrakis said.
“[The] family told me he was a good man with a brighter future and they want to know to a large extent to see some kind of proof,” Fitrakis said. “What they want to see is the video types.”
Trump will likely look to use this attack, and anything like it to justify punitive actions against refugees and Muslims.