12-Year-Old Boy Was a Normal Schoolkid in France Last Year; Now He’s an ISIS Executioner March 16, 2015

12-Year-Old Boy Was a Normal Schoolkid in France Last Year; Now He’s an ISIS Executioner

Killing for Allah can run in the family:

Schoolchildren in southern France are in shock after seeing a former classmate executing a hostage in a video released by the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamist group posted online gruesome propaganda video showing a boy in military fatigues shooting an Israeli-Arab teenager in the head. The [victim] had been accused of working for Israel’s spy agency Mossad.

In the video the child, aged 11 or 12, is flanked by a bearded man, who is believed to be his stepfather.

Students at Nicolas Vauquelin de Toulouse college, Toulouse, reportedly recognized the killer as a former classmate who left France last year. …

The child, said to be called “Ryan,” was in his final year of primary school education at École Élémentaire Publique Vergers in Toulouse, until 11 March 2014, when he was reported absent by the school. “He was a child like all others, he was integrated, played in the local football club and attended birthday parties,” his former teachers told [a] newspaper.

Sabri Essid, 31, Ryan’s purported stepfather, appears to be continuing the murderous activities of his stepbrother Mohammed Merah. Three years ago this month, before police were able to shoot him dead, Merah killed seven people during a weeklong spree in Toulouse, including three children who were gunned down in the yard of a Jewish school. The most indelible victim, to me, was Miriam Monsonego, 8:

[Merah] chased an 8-year-old girl into the courtyard, caught her by her hair and raised a gun to shoot her. The gun jammed at this point and he changed weapons from what the police identified as a 9mm pistol to a .45 calibre gun, and shot the girl in her temple at point-blank range.

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