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Orlando attack 'revenge' against HIV-positive partner says killer's 'gay lover'

Nick Allen

Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30

Omar Mateen. Photo: MySpace via AP
Omar Mateen. Photo: MySpace via AP

A man who says he was Omar Mateen's lover has claimed the mass murderer acted out of revenge after finding out one of his partners was HIV positive.

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Mateen (29) shot dead 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Florida, on June 12 in America's worst mass shooting.

In memory: Crosses, one for each victim, line a walkway as a memorial to those killed in the Pulse nightclub shootings a few blocks from the club in Orlando. Photo: David Goldman/PA
In memory: Crosses, one for each victim, line a walkway as a memorial to those killed in the Pulse nightclub shootings a few blocks from the club in Orlando. Photo: David Goldman/PA
Barack Obama and Joe Biden pay their respects to the victims in Orlando, Florida. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

In an interview with Spanish-language television network Univision the man, who was identified only by the name 'Miguel', claimed he and Mateen were "friends with benefits".

He said their relationship started after they met on a gay dating website and lasted two months until December, during which time they met between 15 and 20 times at a hotel in Orlando.

Although Mateen pledged allegiance to Isil at the time of the attack, Miguel claimed that was not his motivation.

He said: "I've cried like you have no idea.

"But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn't do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge."

He claimed Mateen had sex with two Puerto Rican men, one of whom he later discovered was HIV positive, and that he became "terrified".

The man said: "He hated gay Puerto Ricans for all the stuff they did to him. I believe this crazy horrible thing he did was for revenge.

"When I asked him what he was going to do now, his answer was: 'I'm going to make them pay for what they did to me'."

Omar Mateen's shooting spree sparked renewed bid for gun control in US.
Omar Mateen's shooting spree sparked renewed bid for gun control in US.

It was not possible to independently verify the man's claims.

Univision said it had confirmed with the FBI that they were speaking to "Miguel".

The man told Univision: "He (Mateen) adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin, but he felt rejected. He felt used by them.

"There were moments in the Pulse nightclub that made him feel really bad. Guys used him. That really affected him."

He said Mateen was "sweet and affectionate" and had told him he was forced into an arranged marriage.

The man added: "He said the Muslim religion is a beautiful, beautiful religion, where everything is about love. Everybody is welcome. Gay, trans, bisexual... everybody.

"He was looking for love. He was looking to be embraced."

Several witnesses claim to have seen Mateen in the Pulse nightclub on previous occasions before the shooting.

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