American ISIS fighter Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, was killed supporting the Islamic State in a battle in Syria over the weekend. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the ISIS member is from a Minneapolis suburb. Douglas McCain's close friend since high school, Troy Kastigar, a fellow Muslim convert, was killed fighting with an al-Shabab in Somalia in 2009. The Islamic State fighter's family said they believed he was in Turkey until the U.S. State Department called and notified them of his death. After watching the movie, The Help he said he started to hate white people, according to relative statements shared via Fox News.
Douglas McCain had been living in California earlier this year before going to the Middle East to join the Islamic State jihad. Julianne Boada, Troy Kastigar's mother, told the New York Daily News that both McCain and Kastigar seemed to be "sort of searching" for something. "I think both of them had a really strong desire to be needed and be of value," Boada added. Approximately 300 American passport holders are fighting alongside ISIS, according to a Washington Times report.
Both of the Islamic militants attended Cooper High School near Mount Hope, Minnesota. The American ISIS fighter was described as having a good sense of humor, being "goofy" and always behaving in a polite and respectful manner by Kastigar's mother. Boada also said that both Troy Kastigar and Douglas McCain made "bad choices in life," and said no one would have ever predicted such an outcome for the men.
The American ISIS fighter tweeted:
"[I] reverted to Islam 10 years ago and I must say in sha Allah I will never look back the best thing that ever happened to me."
Before traveling to Syria to join Islamic State militants, Douglas McCain reportedly posted extremist religious statements and photos to multiple social media websites. His Facebook profile photo was changed to a mugshot of Kastigar with the caption, "One of the realize n****s I know."
Both Douglas Mcauthur McCain and Troy Kastigar had Somali immigrant friends and an African American Muslim friend in high school, Boada said. McCain allegedly attended Baptist church services sometimes while in high school. McCain and Kastigar were both arrested for disorderly conduct and outstanding traffic tickets in Minnesota. Kastigar also reportedly had been arrested for credit card fraud and multiple traffic violations. The American ISIS fighter was attending San Diego City College before relocating to Syria.