Kasich: ‘We May Never Know’ Attacker’s Motives, Despite His Prayer Room Complaints

‘We’re not going to rush to try to figure things out’

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We may never know what motivated 19-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a naturalized Somali refugee who plowed down a number of students and went on a stabbing spree at Ohio State University, Gov. John Kasich said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Artan, a first-year OSU student, was featured in the campus newspaper two months ago, wherein he complained about the lack of Muslim prayer rooms on campus. 

"I'm a Muslim," he said. "It's not what the media portrays me to be. I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it, and it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable."

Kasich said it's too soon to know what motivated Artan -- and that we may never know.

"It's our job to say let the investigation take its due course, and at the end of the day, we will find out what happened," Kasich said. "We may never totally find out why this person did what they did or why they snapped. We may never find out but we'll have a lot more information."

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