Family spokesman: Depression may have led to Chattanooga killings

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, shown in this mug shot, was charged with a DUI in April 2015.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A family representative says the Kuwait-born man who shot and killed five service members in Tennessee was first treated by a child psychiatrist for depression when he was 12 or 13 years old.

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The representative, who spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity to avoid unwanted publicity, said 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez also fought drug and alcohol abuse, spending time in Jordan last year to help clean himself up.

The representative said relatives of Abdulazeez believe those personal struggles are at the heart of last week’s killings at a pair of military sites in Chattanooga.

Abdulazeez had spent several months in Jordan last year. Counterterrorism investigators continue to interview Abdulazeez’s acquaintances and delve into his visit to Jordan, looking for clues to whom or what might have influenced him and set off the bloodshed.

 

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