SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — The 23-year-old man accused of killing five people in a shooting rampage in Santa Monica was buried Monday along with his father and brother, his first two victims.
John Zawahri is accused of killing his father, 55-year-old Samir, and his 25-year-old brother, Christopher, at their Yorkshire Avenue home before going on a shooting spree on city streets and at Santa Monica College that killed three others.
He was eventually gunned down by police in the school’s library.
The shooter’s uncle, Mansour El Zawahri, traveled from Canada to attend the service at a chapel in Santa Monica. All three men were buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.
CBS2 was granted exclusive access to the service.
“We would like to give our condolences to all the victims’ families,” El Zawahri told CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen.
“Samir was gentle, sensitive, hard-working,” he said.
Randa Abdou, the suspect’s mother, did not speak to reporters, and reportedly kept her distance from her former in-laws.
“She’s not talking to me,” said El Zawahri. “She does not give any condolences or anything like that.”
According to Samir Zawahri’s family, Abdou said she spoke to John Zawahri from Lebanon 30 minutes before the shooting rampage began, and had purchased the clothes Zawahri was wearing in a surveillance photo taken at Santa Monica College.
It is still unknown how the 23-year-old Zawahri obtained the guns and ammunition used to carry out the attack.
“We know from his mother that he was fascinated with guns,” his uncle said.
According to his family, his father, Samir, did his best to provide for his son and they are angered by his actions. The Zawahri family said they have not read the note John Zawahri left behind.
They also said it was John who lived with his father, contrary to earlier reports.
“John, unfortunately, was spoiled, ungrateful,” he said. “And what he did is evil, evil, evil.”