UPDATE: His Facebook page has actually not yet been taken down; I just didn’t know where to look for it, since it is under his Islamic name, not Leon Davis, and no media outlet has yet published his Islamic name. Jihad Watch reader Kamala kindly showed me where to find it. I will post more about this soon.
His Facebook page has, of course, been taken down: authorities always move swiftly to take down such pages when they feature hardcore Islamic material that might show people that jihad terror, despite universal official denials, actually does have something to do with Islam. But in this screenshot from WRDW’s TV report there is a fragment of it (click to enlarge); at the lower left you can see a photo of Davis in front of the Al-Farooq Mosque in Atlanta. In the photo above it Davis is wearing the same clothes praying inside a mosque — probably Al-Farooq. What is being taught in that mosque? Is that mosque being investigated? Or did the imam tell authorities that they didn’t know Davis, or rebuked him for his “extremism,” or that he only came around infrequently and had questionable views, and authorities let it go at that?
“Childhood friend of man trying to join ISIS speaks out,” by Taylor Bingham, WRDW, July 29, 2015:
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)– “I was very surprised, very surprised,” one childhood friend said. “There is nothing you can tell me somebody did that I would say I know that’s why they joined ISIS.”
A childhood friend in shock, someone he knew since they were five trying to join ISIS. He didn’t want to share his identity, but he remembers Trey Davis as a normal kid….
Davis wound up pleading guilty in a federal courtroom and admitting he was trying to join ISIS. It didn’t shock everyone who knew him as a kid.
“He was always looking for place to fit in and maybe this is where he found it,” one friend said.
The FBI says it’s been more than a year since Davis started planning to join ISIS, which is around the same time one of his friends started seeing unusual posts on Facebook.
“A lot of anti-American stuff the typical sort of death to America jihad rhetoric that you hear,” his friend said.
He says he’s not sure what lead Davis down this road, but he does have family and friends who care about him.
“It’s scary to know that your neighbor, your coworker, anybody really can be touched by these people and turned like he was,” he said.