The ex-wife of Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen claimed Monday that she believed he was homosexual — as it was revealed that he frequented the gay nightclub where he staged the nation’s worst massacre in modern times.
Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for three months, made the shocking claim on Brazilian television station SBT Brazil.
The former classmate said he would hang out with Mateen, hitting gay bars after attending class at Indian River Community College police academy in 2006 — and one time Mateen asked him out “romantically,” according to the Palm Beach Post.
“We went to a few gay bars with him, and I was not out at the time, so I declined his offer,” the former classmate told the paper.
The classmate told the paper he thought the killer, who pledged allegiance to ISIS before killing 49 at the gay nightclub Pulse, was gay and in the closet.
The classmate’s claims came after reports emerged that Mateen frequented the club for years before Sunday’s massacre. would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” he told the Orlando Sentinel. “Some of those people did a little more than (kiss) outside the bar …
“It’s the same guy,” Chris Callen, a drag queen who performs under the name Kristina Mc Laughlin, told the Canadian Press. At least four Pulse clubgoers remembered seeing Mateen at least a dozen times in the past. He was partying with the people who supposedly drove him to do this? I said, ‘Hey,’ and he turned and said, ‘Hey,’ ” and nodded his head, recalled West.
“He’s been going to this bar for at least three years.” Callen’s husband, Ty Smith, recalled seeing a drunk Mateen being escorted from the club. But authorities said they had no further information when asked about the sightings on Monday. ” Kevin West, another regular at Pulse, told the Los Angeles Times that Mateen used gay dating apps on a regular basis and even messaged him on a gay dating app, Jack’d. “I could tell by the eyes [it was him].” One Orlando man, who refused to be named, told MSNBC that he had seen photos of Mateen on several gay dating apps, including Grindr, Adam4Adam, and Jack’d.NBC reported that the FBI was looking into his alleged club visits. He used to bitch about it.” Callen and Smith said they both stopped speaking to Mateen when he threatened them with a knife, after someone made a joke about religion. “He said if he ever messed with him again, you know how it’ll turn out.” They also shot down claims that Mateen had snapped after seeing two men kissing each other in public. He claimed that at least two of the man’s friends had been contacted by Mateen on the apps in the past.“[He’d get] really, really drunk,” Smith told the Canadian Press. “He was very creepy in his messages, and I blocked him immediately,” the man said.“He couldn’t drink when he was at home — around his wife, or family. Apex Charitable Trust seeks to help people with criminal records to obtain appropriate jobs or self-employment by providing them with the skills they need in the labour market and by working with employers to break down the barriers to their employment.08 Nacro has a dedicated Resettlement Plus Helpline which offers information and advice to ex-offenders, serving prisoners, their families and friends and to organisations working with them.