“I remember when I was young, I had big dreams, I wasn’t just your usual thug…”
This is a line from the British rapper “L Jinny” singing “Dreamer.” His real name is Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a young Londoner who has emerged as one of the leading suspects in the murder of James Foley.
The Daily Mail reports: Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, is a former musician whose music has been played on BBC Radio 1.
For more than a decade he lived with his mother Ragaa in a £1million house in Maida Vale, West London, which is owned by Westminster Council.
He walked out of the family home in 2013 to fight in Syria, saying that he was ‘leaving everything for the sake of Allah’.
He later boasted online about the battles he had fought.
Friends said Bary – an aspiring rapper on the ‘grime’ music scene – grew increasingly radical and violent after mixing with thugs linked to hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
Bary is one of six children of Egyptian militant Adel Abdul Bary, who was granted political asylum in the UK in 1993.
In 2012 he was extradited to the US, where he was wanted in connection to the 1998 United States embassy bombings in East Africa which killed hundreds of people.
The Independent adds: He came to national attention earlier this year, when he posted a picture of himself holding a severed head on Twitter after resurfacing in Syria.
The gruesome picture, believed to have been taken in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, was captioned: “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.”