Cornell's family lived in an apartment in one of the buildings at the West Hills Apartments in Green Township. In a conversation late last week with his father, John Cornell, FOX19 NOW was told the family had been evicted. The developments his son divulged to FOX19 NOW's Tricia Macke over the phone, is a story that won't soon leave the minds of those still living there.
"We're all just, like, in shock,” said Nancy Williams, a neighbor.
It's shock from an afternoon almost two months ago when Christopher Cornell's alleged homegrown terror plot was unraveled by federal authorities.
"None of us knew that we had a terrorist, or a so-called terrorist, living next to us,” Williams said.
In January, a neighbor caught video of the day police raided the apartment Cornell shared with his parents.
"I saw him walking in and out of the building one time or two, but he always seemed like a pretty straightedge kid,” said Jacob Lind, a neighbor.
Lind's grandmother lives in the building the authorities raided. He thinks Cornell sounded serious about carrying out his plot.
"Had he done it, he probably would have not had the luxury of being behind bars. He'd probably be dead right now. He's probably lucky he didn't get the chance to carry it out,” Lind said.
Williams lives just across the street from that apartment where the family used to live.
"We didn't see him. He didn't come out. He, more or less, barricaded himself in his residence. We didn't ever see him. The mother was friendly, and the father's friendly but that's all we seen,” Williams said.
On Monday, Cornell's chilling words have left some of his old neighborhood thinking and wondering.
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