“He was just a nice, friendly kid,” says Vero Beach neighbor about Muslim who went to fight in Syria and died as a suicide bomber

377591_496036277092925_522636647_nMike and Rob Hill both said they were “shocked” Saturday to find out an American suicide bomber was their neighbor. The brothers, who live practically across the street from each other in The Lakes at Sandridge, just learned this morning Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha (photo above on Florida beach) was an American suicide bomber who blew up a truck he was driving in Syria last weekend.


TC Palm (h/t Robin H)  “They walk around the neighborhood,” Mike Hill said. “They kind of keep to themselves, but they’re very nice people.”

Records show Mohammad Abu-Salha and Michelle Abu-Salha owned a home on 11th Terrace in Vero Beach until 2006, when they purchased a house for $292,400 in the gated Lakes at Sandridge community on Ridge Lake Circle, off 58th Avenue between 81st and 85th streets. That home was foreclosed on in 2009, records show. The family now rents a home in the gated community. They declined to comment Saturday.


Mike Hill, who has lived in the community since 2006, often would see Abu-Salha walking around the neighborhood, looking for basketball hoops to use, including one Hill had for several years at his house. Hill described Abu-Salha as “polite” and said he never would’ve expected this from him. “He was just a nice, friendly kid,” Hill said.

Talking to his wife about the news, Hill said they couldn’t imagine how Abu-Salha’s family felt. He said the family usually would keep their garage door open and wave to neighbors — but it stayed shut Saturday. “They’ve got to be heartbroken — I feel terrible for them,” Hill said. “It’s a nightmare for parents.” (Oh, bite me. Where do you think he learned about jihad? His parents are very proud right now and giving out sweets to their friends)


Although Mike Hill said he never had any problems with Abu-Salha or his family, brother Rob Hill didn’t completely agree. Rob Hill, who moved into the community two years after his brother, doesn’t know the family at all because he works in Melbourne but previously had seen the kids “just picking up rocks and chucking them in the street,” he said.

“Part of it was kids being kids — part of it was they just roam the neighborhood,” Rob Hill said. “(Abu-Salha) was always out playing basketball or doing something, trying to find a pickup game.” Other residents in the neighborhood also knew Abu-Salha’s family, especially through their kids.

John Knudsen, who had lived there since 2006, said the family was “super nice” to his daughter, who used to cut the family’s lawn. “I still can’t believe it,” Knudsen said. “This whole thing is crazy.”

What's left of this "nice Muslim kid" Good riddance!
What’s left of this “nice, friendly Muslim kid.” Good riddance to bad rubbish!