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Sister: Calif. terrorism suspect lost, impressionable

9:47 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The younger sister of a Southern California man charged with plotting to become a terrorist says the family is shocked by his arrest and her brother is incapable of violence.

The 18-year-old community college student told The Associated Press in an interview outside the family's home Tuesday that her brother Arifeen David Gojali had been struggling and unemployed when he fell under the influence of another of the four suspects, Ralph Deleon.

The sister, who requested anonymity because she did not want to be associated with the alleged crimes, says her brother was taking classes to get his GED but dropped out after becoming friends with Deleon, who was a popular figure at the mosque the two attended.

The sister says Gojali was "lost" and had a lifelong weakness to peer pressure.

The Associated Press

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