The Detroit News: Flint mother, 33, killed in Syria
The Detroit Free Press: Flint woman, 33, killed by Syrian government forces, family says.
A picture of a portion of Nicole Mansfield's Michigan driver's license, complete with her wearing a hijab leads the article in the Free Press.
One wonders if she was at least on the terrorist watch list or if this is a complete surprise to the authorities.
Apparently this conversion to jihadism started with a lonely single mother and a fraudulent immigration case, or more charitably with her being badly used by the Arab guy to get green card status and then being dumped once her use in getting that status was at an end:
Speelman and other family members said Mansfield met an immigrant from the Arab world several years ago and married him. She then converted to Islam and started wearing the hijab.
They divorced about three years ago after he was able to get a green card that allowed him to stay long-term in the U.S.
Even after being divorced she became very Islamic including attending mosques regularly, and apparently decided to go all jihadi.
Now she ends up dead in Syria allegedly fighting alongside some Brits for Al-Nusra, the Syrian chapter of Al Qaeda.
Sadly, she seems like a person who was open and vulnerable to being manipulated and then was indeed manipulated:
Nicole Mansfield grew up Baptist in Flint. Her dad was a production worker at General Motors. Her parents divorced and Mansfield dropped out of high school after she got pregnant
She was smart in school, the grandmother said, but at the same time, was too trusting.
“She had a heart of gold, but she was weak-minded,” Mansfield said. “I think she could have been brainwashed.”
Quite a sad end, and she deserved better than to die shot in the face in Syria.
One wonders how many more Michiganders are in the process of being brainwashed to join the global jihad, and whether they'll end up in Syria or in terrorist attacks here in the USA.