News is emerging this afternoon from Flint, Michigan that the suspected serial killer arrested in Atlanta last night on charges of stabbing sixteen people and killing five between May 24 and last week "had worked as a mental health technician at a residential psychiatric health center while he was living in Virginia.
"Elias L. Abuelazam was working at Piedmont Behavioral Health Center in December 2002 when he injured himself on the job, according to a claim filed with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission," reads the Flint Journal report.
"That day, he was in charge of monitoring residents of the center in a basketball game when he twisted his ankle, records show. He later filed a workers' compensation claim, but was denied."
Police suspect that the stabbings were racially motivated, as the perpetrator targeted African Americans as victims.
An Israeli citizen, Abuelazam -- who also spelled his surname "Abu Elazam" and "Abullazam" -- was attempting to board a flight to Tel Aviv when he was apprehended. As is typical in a nation whose rhetoric seems to grow more divisive every day, a whirlwind of buzz arose immediately as media reports appeared identifying the suspected killer as Israeli. Suddenly, everyone was arguing over what religion Abuelazam might be, as if that would solve, help, or explain anything.