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.