The father of terror suspect Aaron Driver says he was a normal, fun-loving seven year old until his mother’s death from cancer deeply affected him.
Wayne Driver says his boy “shut himself in, closed himself out to the rest of the world.” He told Global News “It was like a light bulb went off and you couldn’t turn it back on.”
Aaron Driver was killed on Wednesday after the FBI gave a tip to Canadian security officers, that led to a confrontation with police. It is believed he was planning to set off a suicide bomb that day. When police arrived at his home as he was leaving in a taxi, a device went off. The cab driver had minor injuries.
His father, Wayne Driver, lives in Cold Lake where he just retired from the military last week.
He tells Global News “I spoke to him about a month ago to let him know that I was still here if he needed me. To find out how he was doing. We had a light conversation, ‘how’s work’, stuff like that. But he told me ‘I’m not talking to you’. And he hung up the phone on me.”
Wayne Driver says “It wasn’t until he was late in his teens that he got involved with the ISIS. I really don’t know when he started that stuff.” (eb, with files from Global News)