California shooter, man who bought guns were related

This undated combination of photos provided by the FBI, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. Photos via AP

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The man who bought two assault rifles used in the San Bernardino massacre was more than just a friend to one of the shooters – he was also related.

Public records show Enrique Marquez and gunman Syed Rizwan Farook had a sister-in-law in common. That woman, from Russia, has a sister who married Marquez last year.

Authorities say Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, used the guns to ambush his fellow county health inspectors Dec. 2 at what was supposed to be a festive annual meeting. The pair killed 14 people and wounded 21 others. They died hours later in a police shootout.

Federal authorities say Marquez purchased the guns legally, but they have questioned the 24-year-old and searched his mother’s home.

Marquez and Farook grew up next to each other, and documents show their friendship extended beyond being neighbors. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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