San Bernardino shooter and gun buyer were related by marriage More details have emerged about the relationship between San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook and the man who owned two military-grade rifles used in the attack, Enrique Marquez Jr., indicating that the two were friends and also shared a sister-in-law.
In addition to having been neighbors in Riverside, California growing up, Marquez had married the sister of Farook's sister-in-law in November 2014, according to public records obtained by the Associated Press.
Marquez's wife, Mariya Chernykh, is a Russian national who came to the United States on a work-study visa, as did her sister, who married Farook's older brother Syed Raheel Farook in 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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Cherynkh and Marquez, a 24-year-old former Wal-Mart security guard, did not live together, and friends and neighbors said Marquez was very private about his personal life.
"He would never leave with her, come with her, not hug her," a neighbor of Farook's, Brittani Adams, told the newspaper about the couple. "None of them seemed like they were married. It was very weird."
Officials are investigating the marriage, according to the Times, but an FBI spokesperson declined to confirm details about both the broader investigation or the probe into the marriage.
Authorities are working around the clock "to find every fact and uncover every piece of evidence," David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office told victims of the shooting and their families on Wednesday, one week after the massacre that killed 14 and injured 21 during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center.
Officials have questioned Marquez, though he is not considered a suspect in relation to the terrorist attack carried out by Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, at the social services hub. Both Farook and Malik were killed that day during a police chase and shootout.
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Marquez told investigators that he planned an attack in the U.S. in 2012 with Farook, but the idea was scrapped, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation who spoke with the AP. The two military-style rifles owned by Marquez used in last week's attack were purchased legally. It's unclear when Farook came into possession of the guns. Marquez converted to Islam some time ago, according to ABC.
Federal officials raided the Riverside home where Marquez lives with his mother, which neighbors a house in which Farook's family used to live, and seized several items on Saturday.
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