Suspected OSU attacker Abdul Artan was profiled in school newspaper's 'Humans of Ohio State'

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The man suspected of driving his car into a crowd of Ohio State University students before attacking them with a butcher knife was recently profiled in the school newspaper's "Humans of Ohio State" feature.

The suspect was identified by campus police in a press conference Monday afternoon as Abdul Razak Ali Artan. Artan was a Somali refugee who came to the US legally with his parents in 2014 after living in Pakistan for seven years, according to law enforcement officials cited by NBC News.

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COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28: Police keep the roads closed around Watts Hall following an attack on the campus of the Ohio State University on November 28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. At least nine people were injured when a suspect reportedly drove into a crowd of pedestrians and slashed several people with a knife before being fatally shot by university police. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28: Police keep the roads closed around Watts Hall following an attack on the campus of the Ohio State University on November 28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. At least nine people were injured when a suspect reportedly drove into a crowd of pedestrians and slashed several people with a knife before being fatally shot by university police. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officials are seen outside of a parking garage on the campus of Ohio State University as they respond to an active attack in Columbus, Ohio, on November 28, 2016. Eight people were injured when an attacker apparently drove into a crowd at Ohio State University on Monday, triggering an hours-long lockdown before authorities declared the campus secure. Law enforcement shot and killed one suspect, according to local television station WBNS, which reported that police led two people out in handcuffs from a garage they had surrounded on the university's main campus in Columbus. / AFP / Paul Vernon (Photo credit should read PAUL VERNON/AFP/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officials are seen outside of a parking garage on the campus of Ohio State University as they respond to an active attack in Columbus, Ohio, on November 28, 2016. Eight people were injured when an attacker apparently drove into a crowd at Ohio State University on Monday, triggering an hours-long lockdown before authorities declared the campus secure. Law enforcement shot and killed one suspect, according to local television station WBNS, which reported that police led two people out in handcuffs from a garage they had surrounded on the university's main campus in Columbus. / AFP / Paul Vernon (Photo credit should read PAUL VERNON/AFP/Getty Images)
A law enforcement official motions for people to leave the area outside of a parking garage on the campus of Ohio State University as they respond to an active attack in Columbus, Ohio, on November 28, 2016. Eight people were injured when an attacker apparently drove into a crowd at Ohio State University on Monday, triggering an hours-long lockdown before authorities declared the campus secure. Law enforcement shot and killed one suspect, according to local television station WBNS, which reported that police led two people out in handcuffs from a garage they had surrounded on the university's main campus in Columbus. / AFP / Paul Vernon (Photo credit should read PAUL VERNON/AFP/Getty Images)
Law enforcement officials are seen searching in a parking garage on the campus of Ohio State University as they respond to an active attack in Columbus, Ohio, on November 28, 2016. Eight people were injured when an attacker apparently drove into a crowd at Ohio State University on Monday, triggering an hours-long lockdown before authorities declared the campus secure. Law enforcement shot and killed one suspect, according to local television station WBNS, which reported that police led two people out in handcuffs from a garage they had surrounded on the university's main campus in Columbus. / AFP / Paul Vernon (Photo credit should read PAUL VERNON/AFP/Getty Images)
Police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Law enforcement officers work around a parking garage in response to an attack on the campus of Ohio State University on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Students leave buildings as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Students leave buildings as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Police respond to reports of an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A car inside a police line sits on the sidewalk as authorities respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28: Ohio State University President Michael Drake addresses the media outside of the Wexner Medical Center on the attacks that took place on campus earlier in the day on November 28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. At least nine people were injured when a suspect reportedly drove into a crowd of pedestrians and slashed several people with a knife before being fatally shot by university police. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28: Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther (R) listens as Ohio State University President Michael Drake addresses the media outside of the Wexner Medical Center on the attacks that took place on campus earlier in the day on November 28, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. At least nine people were injured when a suspect reportedly drove into a crowd of pedestrians and slashed several people with a knife before being fatally shot by university police. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Angshuman Kapil, a graduate student at Ohio State University, speaks to members of the media as police investigate an attack on campus, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Kapil was outside the building when a car barreled onto the sidewalk. âIt just hit everybody who was in front,â he said. âAfter that everybody was shouting run, run, run.â (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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The Lantern, Ohio State University's student newspaper, appears to have profiled Artan on his first day at OSU in August 2016. Artan told the paper that he had just transferred from Columbus State Community College, and that as a practicing Muslim he "wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media."

"I'm a Muslim, it's not what the media portrays me to be," he said, according to a print edition of the publication posted online.

He continued:

"If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen. But, I don't blame them. It's the media that put that picture in their heads so they're going to just have it and it, it's going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed."

A Columbus State Community College spokesman told Vice News that Artan had just transferred to OSU from the college and had no disciplinary issues while he was a student there.

Artan was fatally shot by campus police officer Alan Horujko on Monday morning, OSU police said.

NBC initially reported that Artan was 18, but The Lantern article says he was in his third year of a logistics management degree. Police said they are working to confirm his age.

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