Friday 21 July 2017

'He used to hit me if the laundry wasn't done': Killer's ex-wife claims he used to beat her

'He was not a stable person. He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn't finished or something like that'

Omar Mateen
Omar Mateen
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The ex-wife of the 29-year-old man suspected of killing 50 people in a Orlando nightclub said that he beat her repeatedly while they were married.

The ex-wife said she met Omar Mateen online about eight years ago and decided to move to Florida and marry him.

"He was not a stable person," said the ex-wife, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared for her safety in the wake of the mass shooting. "He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn't finished or something like that."

While the FBI has not identified Mateen publicly, U.S. law enforcement officials said his identification was found on the body of the suspected killer who was armed with a handgun and an assault rifle.

Authorities believed he used those weapons to kill 50 people and injure dozens more in the attack on the gay nightclub club that began just after 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Mateen was killed in shootout with police three hours later after a SWAT team assaulted a section of the club where Mateen was holed up with hostages.

Mateen's ex-wife said his family was from Afghanistan, but her ex-husband was born in New York. His family later moved to Florida. In a series of Myspace photos, Mateen is seen taking selfies and wearing NYPD shirts in a couple of the shots. His ex-wife identified him as the man in the Myspace photos.

Mateen's ex-wife said she was having a difficult time when she first met him and decided to move to Florida to be with him. The two married in March 2009 and moved into a 2-bedroom condominium in Fort Pierce, Fla., that Mateen's family owned.

"He seemed like a normal human being," she said, adding that he wasn't very religious and worked out at the gym out often. She said in the few months they were married he gave no signs of having fallen under the sway of radical Islam. She said he owned a small-caliber handgun and worked as a guard at a nearby facility for juvenile delinquents.

"He was a very private person," she said.

Mateen's ex-wife said she was having a difficult time when she first met him and decided to move to Florida to be with him. The two married in March 2009 and moved into a 2-bedroom condominium in Fort Pierce, Fla., that Mateen's family owned.

"He seemed like a normal human being," she said, adding that he wasn't very religious and worked out at the gym out often. She said in the few months they were married he gave no signs of having fallen under the sway of radical Islam. She said he owned a small-caliber handgun and worked as a guard at a nearby facility for juvenile delinquents.

"He was a very private person," she said.

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