The manager of the market where Elias Abuelazam worked for about a month describes him as "a good guy, a friendly guy" who got along well with African-American customers.
That's an interesting point because nearly all of the 18 known victims of the serial stabber were African-American. Michigan authorities say they have no other evidence of a racial motive, noting that Flint is a predominantly black city and the attacks were crimes of opportunity late at night.
Abdulla Farah, manager of the King Water Market in Flint, spoke briefly to reporters outside his shop this morning. He says he hired Abuelazam to cover for a part-time employee and "he needed a job."
"He was a good guy," Farah says. "I mean all of my employees would not talk nothing about this guy. ... I never got no indication that [any] of my employees got any suspicions of this guy."
"I'm really kind of confused," says Farah, who says his brother, Peter, was a murder victim last year.
Court records show that Peter Farah, 23, was shot to death at the Dayton Market in Dayton, Mich., on April 9, 2009. Two 20-year-old men were arrested and charged with murder in Peter Farah's death. The dispensation of those charges could not immediately be determined.
If Abuelazam is the culprit in the current cases, "he should be hanged," Farah says.
You can watch the full raw video of Farah's remarks here.