The first clear photo of Jihadi John, now revealed as Mohammed Emwazi, has emerged on Thursday night, with a British publication allegedly showing Emwazi as a primary school student attending the St Mary Magdalene Church of England School in Maida Vale, West London.
The extraordinary photo, which The Christian Post has not been able to independently verify, shows a class photo with Emwazi sitting in the front row smiling, looking just like any other fresh and innocent young school kid.
Friends of Emwazi have started coming forward Thursday, with some recalling him from his school days as a soccer-mad child, who was not very bright in school, but was popular and had many friends.
It emerged on Thursday that "Jihadi John," as he has become known, was actually Mohammed Emwazi, a man from a well-to-do family who was born in Kuwait, grew up in London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming from Queen's Park in West London.
Asim Qureshi, a member of a British human rights group, who had been in contact with Emwazi before he traveled to Syria, has claimed he is sure the masked executioner shown executing numerous western and Japanese hostages in ISIS videos in recent months was Emwazi.
Qureshi, a research director, said: "There was an extremely strong resemblance. This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same person."
According to a report in British newspaper, The Daily Mail, a school yearbook from when Emwazi was just 10, lists his favorite computer game as shooting game "Duke Nukem: Time To Call."
In addition, his favorite book was identified as, "How To Kill A Monster," from the children's Goosebumps series.
He listed his favorite band at the time as British pop group S Club 7, and when explaining what he wants to be doing when he turns 30, he described: "I will be in a football team and scoring a goal."
Other details list his favorite color as blue, his favorite animal as a monkey, his favorite cartoon as The Simpsons, and his favorite food as french fries.
One former classmate told the Daily Mail: "It was a Church of England school and he was the only Muslim in our class. One time we had an RE lesson and he got up and talked about his religion.
"He wrote Arabic on the board to show us what it looked like and how it went in the other direction. He showed us a religious text and spoke about what his religion was about.
"That was when we were eight or nine. He mentioned fasting. His English wasn't very good throughout primary school. He could only say a few words at first – like his name and where he was from.
"He played football every lunchtime and at the after-school football club. Through football, he learned different words and expressions. Like all the guys, he always wanted to be the striker.
"He wasn't so good in school, he was the bottom half of the class, but he was one of the sporty guys. He was popular."
The first photo to emerge of Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John" can be found by CLICKING HERE.