Now, it seems, the Somali community is St. Cloud is worried about backlash.
Fear washed over the Somali-American mother, not just for her son's well-being, but also because of the potential backlash against her community.
"This has been a dark day; it is a day we will never forget," said Hersi. "ISIS does not represent us. It does not represent Islam, and it does not represent Somalis."
Sorry, Lady, but whether you like it or not, ISIS is an Islamist organization. The first word in the name is "Islamic", And whether you like it or not, ISIS claimed your son as a jihadi. It is what it is, and it may suck for you, but it is your son's doing. Not anyone else's. Your son did this.
Newton's third law, paraphrased, says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is true in mechanics, and it's true in interpersonal relationships. I would not blame the people of St. Cloud, if they picked a mosque at random, cleared all the people out, and burned it to the ground. It would probably be quite cathartic. However, the people of St. Cloud won't do that, probably because they are civilized, unlike the Muslims in their midst, who go around stabbing people in a shopping mall.
But, if you don't want backlash, you shouldn't have your son go around stabbing people in the mall. It really is that simple.