Questions about Tugral still haunt his astronomy friend, Boratac.
They had once seen, in the night sky, an unexplained bright light that Boratac speculated could be a UFO. Rasid listened quietly and later did some research. “He told me, ‘No, idiot … it’s a satellite.’ He then taught me to never draw conclusions without research.”
So, Boratac wonders, how could Tugral have been so misled by IS propaganda and cruelty?
“It makes me question … how did he get to that point? He was once a funny man who took nothing seriously. That same man ended up to justify chopping off heads.”
His METU classmate, Celik, theorized that Tugral was unable to find a bridge between two divergent worlds: “I believe he was very confused and very mixed up in his own mind — religion on the one hand and science on the other.”
“I think his inner world was very dark,” Celik said. “I could feel that even before he joined IS.” (VOA)