“He would get mad out of nowhere. That’s when I started worrying about my safety.”
As the world comes to terms with the incredible tragedy that took place in Orlando this weekend, in which 50 people lost their lives, details about the gunman, Omar Mateen, paint an eye-opening picture of the 29 year-old, who was killed on the scene by police.
Talking to reporters on Monday, Mateen’s father said with tears in his eyes that he would have called the FBI had he known just “one per cent about what he was doing.” He went on to say his son “went against my principles as a father and a US citizen,” and expressed his confusion and shock about his Mateen’s actions.
“My son, Omar Mateen, was a very good boy, an educated boy, who had a child and a wife, very respectful of his parents. I did not know and did not understand that he has anger in his heart.”
However, other sources who have since been interviewed by investigators have revealed a very different side to the mass-murderer, who was briefly married to Uzbekistani woman, Sitora Yusufiy in 2009.
In an interview with CNN, Yusufiy said Mateen began abusing her a few months into the marriage and suffered from untreated mental health issues.
“He was bipolar, and would get mad out of nowhere. That’s when I started worrying about my safety.”
According to Mateen’s ex-wife, the ex-security guard was deeply emotionally disturbed, often flying into unprovoked rages in which he would “express hatred towards everything”.
Yusufiy filed for divorce after just four months of marriage.
Mateen later remarried, and, according to FBI agency director James Comey, went on to make shocking statements about his wife and child to his coworkers, saying he hoped law enforcement would raid his apartment and assault his family so he could martyr himself. Along with claims of having family connections to Muslim terrorist group, Al Qaeda, Mateen’s comments resulted in a 10-month FBI investigation, which was ultimately dropped due to inconclusive results after Mateen claimed his statements were made in anger because he thought his coworkers were discriminating against him because he was Muslim.
Syed Shafeeq Rahman, the imam at the mosque Mateen frequented for almost a decade, described the troubled 29 year-old as an introvert and a loner.
“He hardly had any friends. He would come with his little son at night to pray and after he would leave.”
US President Barack Obama called the shooting “an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been concerned about,”and, “one of the biggest challenges.”
The massacre, which is the worst mass shooting in American history, is a chilling reminder that, even in the absence of its involvement, ISIS is inspiring deeply troubled individuals to carry out killings in their name.
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