US citizen killed in Syria fighting for Islamic State

US citizen killed in Syria fighting for Islamic State

A San Diego native fighting for ISIS in Syria was killed over the weekend, according to the Free Syrian Army. NBC News reported Tuesday that a passport and tattoo positively identified the body as that of Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33. Calling himself β€œDuale ThaslaveofAllah” on Facebook and Twitter, he declared β€œIt’s Islam over everything.” In 2004, McCain β€œreverted” to Islam, according to his Twitter. β€œI’m with the brothers now,” he tweeted on June 9.

McCain was once an aspiring rapper in a blue-collar Minnesota neighborhood. His high-school classmates described him as a β€œgoofball” and β€œalways smiling.” He had multiple run-ins with police and was convicted of obstruction and disorderly conduct. McCain started school at San Diego City College and worked at a Somali restuarant in the city. β€œHe was a normal guy, who was social, open-minded, like to smile always, and always wanted to be a good Muslim,” said a person who knew him from the restaurant.
McCain actively tweeted, and his messages ranged from homophobic hate to just plain stupid. In Janaury 2013, he tweeted β€œWhy do these fags keep saying that they were born gay no bitch you choose to put a dick in your ass just saying.” In December 2012, he tweeted β€œWallahi I wants fried chicken.” However, his account went silent from January 2013 until the spring of this year. McCain appears to have gone to Turkey, which is a popular jihadi route to Syria. He is among hundreds of Westerners believed to have joined ISIS’s war in Syria and Iraq, like Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, the British man suspected of beheading of James Foley.

[nbcnews]