- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

A brutally murdered 19-year-old New Jersey man was allegedly targeted by a self-proclaimed homegrown jihadist who called it a “just kill,” Fox News has revealed.

Brendan Tevlin, of Livingston, was stopped at a red light driving home from a friend’s house on June 25 when Ali Muhammad Brown allegedly walked up his car and fired 10 rounds, striking him eight times.

Mr. Brown then drove the car, with Tevlin’s lifeless body still in it, to a parking lot in West Orange and left him there, Fox News reported.

Police initially announced the arrest of three suspects in Tevlin’s murder, calling it a robbery gone wrong, but as the investigation continued it was discovered that Mr. Brown had undergone extensive Jihad training in California and that he’s suspected of additional murders throughout the country, a local Fox affiliate reported.

Mr. Brown allegedly called Tevlin’s death “a just kill” for Muslim deaths at the hands of Americans in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life,” he said, according to court documents.

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Prosecutors said Mr. Brown also stated that if a “man sees evil, then he must take action against that evil,” Fox News reported.

It remains unclear if Mr. Brown, who was once linked to a suspected terror financing scheme, was a “lone wolf” or part of a larger terror plot, Fox News said.

“I don’t think it makes that much of a difference at this time,” the victim’s mother, Allison Tevlin, said on Fox News’ “On the Record.”

“I think he murdered Brendan and he murdered several others and he is an American. He did what he did. And like I said, he didn’t act alone, so I don’t know if I — we have all the information or enough information to make that kind of judgment; it’s not really for us to make that judgment,” she said.

Mr. Brown is currently being held at the Essex County Jail in Newark on $5 million bail, and could face extradition to Washington, where he could face the death penalty if convicted, Fox News reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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