DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The man responsible for Monday’s attack on the campus of Ohio State University, came to America through Dallas.READ MORE: Dallas Police Release Video Prior To Shooting Of Armed Robbery Suspect
On June 5, 2014 Abul Razak Ali Artan arrived in the city with his mother and six siblings as part of the government resettlement program.
They stayed at the Catholic Charities of Dallas, where C.E.O. Dave Woodyard says the Somali immigrants arrived from Pakistan at D/FW International Airport.
“He came in as a refugee sponsored by the state department and vetted by them. The family stayed here 23 days before migrating to Ohio,” says Woodyard.
He says the organization closed their file on June 28, 2014 when the family left.READ MORE: Young Man Shot To Death Behind The Wheel Of Car In DeSoto; Witnesses Saw Passenger Run Off
“We would have helped them settle into an apartment and get them food, shelter and clothing, so they can train to learn the language and become assimilated with American culture and society,” Woodyard says.
He points out that most refugees are successful and hopes the actions of one doesn’t dim peoples opinion of the whole.
Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted the following reaction Monday night to Artan’s refugee status.
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