Brizada, a Chattanooga resident, was shaken and holding back tears as he spoke to CNN, saying his friend was "the coolest guy" who "was always so positive about people."The AP has a significantly different version:
"Whatever caused this to happen, it's not him, it's not normal. That's not how he is," Brizada said.
A man who shot and killed five service members in Tennessee suffered from depression since his early teen years and battled drug and alcohol abuse, spending time in Jordan last year to help clean himself up, a family spokesman said Sunday.
The representative, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid unwanted publicity, said relatives of 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez believed those personal struggles were at the heart of last week's attack on a pair of military sites in Chattanooga.