Awlaki, who knew three of the Sept. 11,2001, hijackers and praised Hasan as a "hero" after Thursday's massacre, maintained an e-mail relationship with him and now lives in Yemen. No indications of a wider relationship between the alleged shooter and overseas Islamic extremists have been been found among 10-20 e-mails, investigators said.
The Albuquerque Journal said New Mexico State University's Fall 2002 alumni newsletter notes that Awlaki's father, Nasser al-Awlaki, was named a distinguished international alumnus. The newspaper said the elder Awlaki earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from NMSU in 1969 and a master's in 1971, when Anwar al-Awlaki.
He eventually obtained a doctorate in agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska and from 1975 to 1977 he was a researcher and faculty member at the University of Minnesota before returning to Yemen in 1978, the Journal said.