Around 2am on Sunday morning, June 12th, tragedy struck Pulse Night Club in Orlando, FL, and the lives of many were forever changed. Omar Mateen, 29, killed at least 50 people and injured another 50 in what is now the worst mass shooting in US History. The senseless act of violence is being considered both a terrorist attack and a hate crime, since authorities say that Mateen credited ISIS on his 911 call, and because he specifically target gays.
A day later, more and more details are being released about Mateen. What we know is that he was a bodybuilder, a security guard, and an aspiring police officer. He attended his local mosque 3-4 days a week, and according the FBI in 2013, he had previously been under watch for sympathizing with suicide bombers.
“In 2013, Omar Mateen made inflammatory comments to co-workers, and he was interviewed twice, FBI agent Ronald Hopper said. He called those interviews inconclusive. In 2014, Hopper said, officials found that Mateen had ties to an American suicide bomber. He described the contact as minimal, saying it did not constitute a threat at the time.”
Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, said that he was bi-polar, and abusive:
“He was mentally unstable and mentally ill,” Yusufiy said. Although records show the couple didn’t divorce for two years after the marriage, Yusiufiy said she was actually only with Mateen for four months because he was abusive. She said he would not let her speak to her family and that family members had to come and literally pull her out of his arms.