- Associated Press - Sunday, January 8, 2017

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida-based uncle of the accused shooter in the deadly rampage at the Fort Lauderdale airport says his heart goes out to the victims.

Herbert Ruiz of Naples, Florida, says in a message to The Associated Press that he hasn’t had any contact with his nephew - accused shooter Esteban Santiago - in nearly five years and that Santiago wasn’t expected to visit the family in Florida.

Ruiz says his “heart is in pain” thinking about people who died in Friday’s attack. Ruiz says there needs to be better facilities for returning war veterans like Santiago, who served in Iraq. He also says that authorities in Santiago’s home city of Anchorage, Alaska, should have confiscated his firearm when he was referred by police last year to a mental facility for treatment.

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