This is where the system breaks down in my opinion. These types of decisions are why all people who receive "entitlements" are villified..even those who desperately rely on them. If the reports in the Herald and on Education News are correct and Suspect #1 was receiving welfare benefits..then something in the regulations has to change.
I have no issue with his wife and child receiving benefits as they are citizens of the US, but I feel strongly that people who are here on a green card should not be receiving cash benefits from the state. To me..if someone is not a citizen and can't find work or support themselves here, then they should return to their home country.
I find it more than a little ironic that this guy..who supposedly had an ax to grind with the government about the overseas wars had no ax to grind when it came to receiving a check from the state.
I feel sorry for his wife..somewhat. It's sort of difficult to believe she didn't know anything about his plans...but it is early days and right now she seems like just another victim.