Killer's Family Say He Used Drugs

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The family of Hussam Dwayyat told Israeli security officials that he was addicted to drugs, but was not a terrorist.

The 31-year-old father of two worked as a bulldozer operator for a construction company for the past several years.

Dwayyat's family is being represented by Shimon Kokush, an Israeli attorney from Tiberias.

"This was a young man who was imprisoned for rape. He was a drug addict and used drugs," Kokush said.

The family has agreed to an autopsy to determine if he was under the influence of drugs when he perpetrated the attack.

Kokush agreed to represent the family to prevent the demolition of their home, which Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have called for.

"Every citizen deserves legal representation," he said. "This is a family of citizens with equal rights, and this is even more imperative in such a case as a terrorist incident," he said.

Meanwhile, the off-duty soldier who shot and killed him, said he called out Allah Akbar -- the Islamic jihadist's call to martyrdom -- before he "hit the gas" and began his killing spree.

And while residents of Dwayyat's neighborhood said he was a quiet man who behaved normally, one of his relatives -- an aunt -- climbed up on the roof when Israeli security forces left, cried out his name and called him a shahid (martyr).

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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