Douglas McAuthur McCain and Troy Kastigar, the two American terrorists who died fighting in Syria and Somalia respectively, followed a similar road to becoming jihadists.
McCain and Kastigar were best friends who attended Robbbinsdale Cooper High School together in the Minneapolis suburb of New Hope.
One unidentified classmate remembered McCain as a being "goofball in high school."
"Doug was a fun guy to be around," the classmate told the International Business Times. "Played basketball, joked a lot, had a small sense of humor. Got along with most. … Wasn't the best athlete, but liked to play."
Kastigar, on the other, was described as the "skinny kid" who liked tattoos.
"He was searching for something better, a better life," an aquaintance told the Star Tribune.
The two converted to Islam in early adulthood and were recruited by terror groups.
Authorities say recruiters are active in Minnesota because they've had a lot of success among the Somali community there.
Both men died in jihadist causes on separate continents.
Kastigar was killed in Somalia in 2009, and McCain was killed in Syria a few days ago.