DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — An update in the murder of Navy Ensign and Enterprise native Joshua Kaleb Watson.
After months of investigation and roadblocks, the FBI has connected gunman Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani with one of the most notorious terrorist groups in the world: Al-Qaeda.
According to officials, the discovery came after the FBI managed to crack the codes of Alshamrani’s two iPhones.
“He wasn’t just coordinating with them about planning and tactics, he was helping the organization make the most it could out of the murders,” said Director of the Federal Bureya of Investigation Christopher A. Wray.
On the local level, Wiregrass residents have waited for any information that would help authorities find all of those responsible for the murder of one of their own.
Watson, an Enterprise High School graduate and former member of the EHS Rifle Team, was known throughout the Wiregrass for his desire to serve his country post-graduation.
Wiregrass residents mourned together after news of Watson’s death on December 6.
Thousands lined the streets to welcome the fallen sailor home days after he was killed while defending his country and fellow servicemen.
Thousands more watched as Watson’s funeral was live streamed on digital platforms.
Now, five months after the tragedy, United States officials may be one step closer to bringing those responsible to justice, and Watson’s loved ones and community closer to closure.