THE best friend of Germaine Lindsay tried to contact the suicide bomber after the attacks.
Speaking exclusively to the Examiner Maz Milenovic said he rang Lindsay last week and heard only his chilling voice on the answer machine message.
Lindsay, a former Rawthorpe High pupil, was responsible for the most deadly attack in London - killing 26 in the King's Cross tube blast.
"The last time I spoke to him was only last month," said the 19-year-old from Rawthorpe.
"He seemed happy and just the same old Germaine I had always known.
"He did say he had been going to a mosque in London and spoke of the teachings of someone down there.
"I was planning on going to visit him and see his baby. I still can't believe it is him.
"I remember him changing but I never thought it was for the worst. At the time his sister told me he was really getting into his religion.
"She said he wanted to be called Jamal instead of Germaine. But when I rang for him I still asked for Germaine.
"We used to laugh about it and say at least he would know it was me when I rang because I was the only person who still called him Germaine."
The pair became friends when they met at a summer playscheme seven years ago.
Maz said they would often visit each other's houses and spent a lot of time together even though he did not attend Rawthorpe High with Lindsay.
"After he started getting into religion more he became quieter and seemed to be a deep thinker.
"But we still had a laugh together and got on really well.
"I remember being around at his house once and we were reading the Koran and talking about religion but he never preached to me.
"He would talk about doing the right thing and living the right way but I find it difficult to believe he would do this.
"My head is all over the place because I cannot comprehend it.
"I suppose he must have been brainwashed by someone but I find that hard to believe because he was so strong-minded.
"I know he has done something awful but I will never forget the way he was when we were young.
"And whatever people say about him I will stick up for him."
* THE sister and stepdad of the Rawthorpe suicide bomber have spoken of their shock.
Both Dana Reid, 17, and her father Barry, describe Jamaican-born Germaine Lindsay as "gentle".
But Mr Reid, a cleaner who lives in Ashenhurst Rise, Newsome, said it was after Lindsay's mother Mary converted to Islam the teenager, who killed 26 in the King's Cross tube train, started to change.
Mr Reid, 42, and Mary split up after four years of marriage when she met an American man in an internet chat room.
"Pretty soon she and the kids were dressing as Muslims and going to a mosque," he said.
"One day my daughter Dana told me Germaine was converting."
But soon Mary's new relationship had broken down and the American flew home.
Mr Reid said: "I thought Germaine might have gone back to being a normal teenager.
"But when he next visited I was shocked. I wasn't expecting the baby-faced teen I had last seen but I could not believe what I saw.
"His head was shaved, he had a black beard and dressed in grey Muslim robes. He obviously worked out. He told me he was a devout Muslim."
Mr Reid first met Lindsay when the bomber was just nine months old. He was visiting family near Jamaica's capital Kingston where Lindsay and his mother lived.
"Germaine's dad was a local guy who dumped Mary as soon as he found out she was pregnant," said Mr Reid.
"Mary and me hit it off but at the end of my holiday I went home.
"We stayed in touch though and within nine months I had sent them air tickets and brought them home. We married and settled down as a family.
"He was a beautiful, placid baby and he was a happy-go-lucky boy.
"His idol was Michael Jackson. He even copied his hairstyle.
"Now I have to face the fact that he turned in to a monster."
Dana, of Brownroyd, Rawthorpe, has told of the moment her mother rang to break the shocking news.
"Her voice quivered and she said: `Germaine is dead.' I screamed and she said: `He was not a victim on the trains he was one of the bombers'.
"He was the only person I trusted. I loved him. But after he converted he changed. He was moody and kept saying America was bad."
Dana added: "He was great. He was nothing like what the papers say. He was just a great brother, just like any sister would want. He was always very loving.
"He helped me if I was in trouble. He was a good person. We were really close but he changed into being a Muslim.
"He was a different person, like he was brainwashed into being this other person.
"We slowly drifted apart when he changed. He was so different. We stayed in contact for a little bit but he was not my brother any more. I do not know how to explain it."
Asked if she was angry about the media coverage she said: "I am angry because he was never like that ."
She said she last saw him more than a year ago last year or the year before. She later found he had got married and was glad he had found happiness.