Jaelyn YoungThe story of Jaelyn Young (20), a former Mississippi State chemistry major who plead guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS is shockingly sad. For this young woman-a high school cheerleader, honor student and homecoming maid to have so much potential and ambition only to have it come to an end like this is just tragic.  I would love to hear from her parents who must be devastated but probably can’t make any more sense of this.  

There’s still a lot we don’t know; like, what led to her conversion to Islam and had she had any exposure prior to college?

Jaelyn has taken full responsibility for her actions and even admitted, she prodded her Muslim fiancé, Muhammad Dakhlalla who by the way, is two-years her senior to get involved.  Is this a case of Adam and Eve?

Aside from her own admissions and actions, prosecutors cited prior online statements from Young expressing support for ISIS and ISIS-inspired terror attacks. Prosecutors said Young approvingly cited a video of a man accused of being gay being thrown off a roof to his death by militants. She also expressed joy at the shooting of five members of the military in Chattanooga, Tenn., by an Islamic militant in July.

“What makes me feel better after watching the news is that an akhi carried out an attack against US marines in TN! Alhamdulillah, the numbers of supports are growing…” she’s said to have written.

I still feel like there’s more to this story or am I just hoping?  Kind of reminds me of an episode of Good Times when Thelma met the African though he wasn’t a terrorist and of course that was scripted TV.

The article went on to say:

Young, whose father is a police officer and Navy veteran, sought to travel to Syria with her fiancé, Muhammad Dakhlalla, in order to become a medic for a terrorist group infamous for its cruel treatment of women and non-members. Dakhlalla pleaded guilty to a similar charge on March 11 and is also awaiting sentencing.

But far from a case of a love-stricken young girl following her beau to a Middle Eastern fantasy, Young agrees with prosecutors who say she was the primary driver of the intended move to Syria and continually prodded Dakhlalla to speed up their passport approval so they could leave.

“I found the contacts, made arrangements, planned the departure,” prosecutors said she wrote to her family in a “farewell letter” last August. “I am guilty of what you soon will find out.”

The couple was arrested Aug. 8 before boarding a flight from Columbus, Miss., with tickets for Istanbul that Young had purchased using her mom’s credit card without permission.

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But what the article doesn’t mention is how she became radicalized.

I shared this with my twelve-year-old daughter and advised, mistakes will be made by all but there are life-changing ones that even your parents can’t assist in getting you out of.

Anyway, these two are both awaiting sentencing and I’m wondering if they’ve yet reached a point of remorse?

My condolences to the families!

Tags: Jaelyn Young, Muhammad Dakhlalla, ISIS, Mississippi woman