Hasan's Actions "Despicable," Family Says

Last Updated 11:36 a.m. ET

The family of the suspected Fort Hood shooter says "the actions of their cousin are despicable and deplorable."

A spokeswoman for Nidal Malik Hasan's family says relatives in Northern Virginia are reaching out to law enforcement Friday to offer insight.

Authorities have said Hasan is suspected in Thursday's mass killings at the Fort Hood military base in Texas.

Military officials are still trying to piece together what may have pushed the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist, trained to help soldiers in distress, to turn on his comrades.

Hasan's family said in a statement Friday that his actions don't reflect how they were raised in the U.S.

Military officials are still trying to piece together what may have pushed the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist, trained to help soldiers in distress, to turn on his comrades.

Late Thursday Hasan's cousin, Nader Hasan, released a statement on behalf of the family saying that his actions don't reflect how they were raised in the U.S.

"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events at Fort Hood today. We send the families of the victims our most heartfelt sympathies," Nader Hasan said. "We, like most of America, know very few details at this time. Here is what we do know about our cousin. Nidal was an American citizen. He was born in Arlington, Virginia and raised here in America. He attended local high schools and eventually went on to attend Virginia Tech.

"We are filled with grief for the families of today's victims. Our family loves America. We are proud of our country, and saddened by today's tragedy."


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