Enrique Marquez Jr
Place of Birth: Riverside, United States;
Enrique Marquez Jr is a longtime friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attack – has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to provide material support to terrorists.
Marquez converted to Islam in 2007, has admitted to supplying Farook and Tashfeen Malik with the guns that were used in the brutal slaying of 14 people at San Bernardino’s Inland Regional Center in 2015.
He admitted that he had made a ‘straw purchase’ of the DPMS model A-15 and the Smith & Wesson M&P-15.
Marquez bought the guns because he and Farook had planned to carry out an attack on either the 91 freeway or Riverside Community College in 2011 or 2012, and he knew he would draw less attention than Farook.
They ultimately canceled the plans, but those guns ended up being used in the 2015 shootings.
Marquez and Farook’s planned attack would have seen the pair using pipe bombs to disrupt traffic on the SR 91.
They had also considered performing a similar attack on the nearby Riverside college, throwing pipe bombs into the cafeteria or library, then shooting people as they fled the building.
Their plan was canceled ‘for a variety of reasons’ including the November 2012 arrest of three members from an Inland Empire cell who plotted to kill Americans in Afghanistan. He stopped plotting with Farook around this time, he said.
Marquez was Farook’s next-door neighbour and had known the killer since they were both teenagers.
Marquez spent most of his time in Farook’s home, listening to, watching, and reading radical Islamist propaganda, including Inspire magazine, the official publication of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and videos produced by Al-Shabaab terrorist group.
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