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Chilling Post Links Toronto Suspect to 'Incel' Subculture - Page 2

He vowed to overthrow 'Chads and Stacys'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2018 6:55 AM CDT

  • Military service. In the now-deleted post, Minassian referred to himself as "Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry" and used a military code. The Canadian military has confirmed that the 25-year-old enlisted last August but asked to be released after 16 days of basic training. A fellow recruit tells the Globe and Mail that Minassian, who left about a week before he would have been issued a rifle, was quiet and did not associate with other recruits.
  • More background. Minassian is believed to have recently completed a college course in which he focused on computer chips. Classmates and other associates say he had a form of autism. "He was afraid of girls and very shy in general," former high school classmate Nikki Feinstein tells the Globe. "He didn’t say much, but when he did he was difficult to understand because of his cognitive disabilities."
  • Questions about authenticity. The post also referred to notorious online community 4chan, raising suspicions that Minassian's account may have been hacked by somebody who created the post and altered the timestamp, the Toronto Star reports. A Facebook rep, however, says the company believes the post was legitimate. "This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the people who have been affected," she says. "There is absolutely no place on our platform for people who commit such horrendous acts."
  • New York honors victims. The AP reports that the Empire State Building went dark to honor victims of the attack. Ten people died and at least 13 were injured when the van allegedly driven by Minassian sped down a busy sidewalk, leaving what a medical worker called "pure carnage."

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