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Friend tried to talk UCLA student out of joining Libyan rebels

September 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A close friend of the UCLA math student who joined the Libyan rebels said he tried to talk him out of going.

Chris Jeon's friend, Cody Soto, told the Daily Bruin that Jeon came up with the Libya plan during a late-night dinner several months ago.

Last month, Jeon asked for a ride to Los Angeles International Airport with a one-way ticket to Libya in hand.

Soto said Jeon has always loved adventure, but he's shocked his friend took it this far.

He also said Jeon did not go to Libya for attention.

It is not known if Jeon is still among the rebels who are trying to overthrow Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.