May 31 2014
“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
Mike 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)