by Neil Macfarquhar, The New York Times
CAIRO - The wife of an Egyptian immigrant who fatally shot two people
the Fourth of July at Los Angeles International Airport said today that
could find no reason for the shooting.
"There is no motive that would make him do such a thing," the woman,
el-Awadly, said in a telephone interview. "He is a quiet person who lived
his life in peace. He carried no hatred for anyone, and he was never
aggressive nor violent, never."
American law enforcement officials have said her husband, Hesham Mohamed
Hadayet, 41, went to the counter of El Al, the Israeli airline, with the
intention to kill people. Carrying two guns and a hunting knife, he killed
two people and wounded several others before a guard shot him dead.
Mrs. Awadly, visiting her family here, said none of the American
officials' potential explanations fit her husband of more than 12 years.
Business at his limousine service had been slow since Sept. 11, she said,
but the family had savings to tide them over. She also described a marital
dispute that sent the police to their house seven years ago as a minor
quarrel for which she was to blame for blowing out of proportion.
She rejected contentions by one of the Syrians who worked briefly for
husband that her husband hated Jews. The man told reporters that Mr. Hadayet
once told him that Israel was destroying Egypt through exporting prostitutes
She also dismissed statements by other neighbors that her husband had
been upset that a neighbor flew American and Marine flags from his balcony
after Sept. 11.
"Everyone in the U.S. hangs flags," she said. "We never complained to
Mrs. Awadly said that in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11 all Arabs
and Muslims became suspects widely reviled in the United States. But she
noted that nobody had brought any accusations against her husband.
"After Sept. 11, they arrested more people than you could imagine, but
wasn't even questioned," she said. "Why didn't the neighbors file a
Mrs. Awadly has undergone intensive questioning by Egyptian intelligence
since the shooting. She arrived here on June 15 with her sons Omar, 12,
Adam, 7, to give support to her mother during surgery. Mrs. Awadly said
she planned to return to the United States with the boys late next month
that the family had scheduled a naturalization interview. They emigrated
years ago, she said, and were looking forward to becoming citizens.
"The day of the accident, he talked to us, his voice was quiet as usual,"
Mrs. Awadly said. "He asked about the kids and said please make them study
so that they do not forget their English when they return."
Mrs. Awadly said the boys spoke such poor Arabic that their elders had
been able to keep the news of the shooting from them for a few days. The
older boy finally asked why his father's name kept coming up in
conversations, Mrs. Awadly said, and she told him that his father was dead.
She said her husband had wanted Omar to become a dentist and was happy with
their life in the United States.
"He had plans for the future," Mrs. Awadly said. "So how could he do