Saturday 1 October 2016

Dad of man who murdered 49 people at Florida gay nightclub spotted at Hillary Clinton rally

Published 10/08/2016 | 13:34

A man identified as Seddique Mateen(Lower-L-w/Moustache), whose son shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside the Pulse nightclub in June, sits with supporters at a rally for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on August 8, 2016
A man identified as Seddique Mateen(Lower-L-w/Moustache), whose son shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside the Pulse nightclub in June, sits with supporters at a rally for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on August 8, 2016
A man identified as Seddique Mateen (C-red ball cap), whose son shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside the Pulse nightclub in June, sits with supporters at a rally for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on August 8, 2016

The father of the Orlando gay nightclub shooter has been spotted at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in central Florida.

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Seddique Mateen was standing in a crowd behind Ms Clinton during the Monday night event in Kissimmee, south of Orlando.

A man identified as Seddique Mateen (C-red ball cap), whose son shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside the Pulse nightclub in June, sits with supporters at a rally for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on August 8, 2016
A man identified as Seddique Mateen (C-red ball cap), whose son shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside the Pulse nightclub in June, sits with supporters at a rally for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on August 8, 2016

A campaign official told The Associated Press said that he was not invited to attend the 3,000-person, open-door public event and that the campaign was not aware he was there until it ended.

Mr Mateen told news outlets after the rally that he loves "the United States".

Omar Mateen fatally shot 49 people and injured another 53 at Pulse nightclub on June 12. He was killed by law enforcement officers following a three-hour stand-off.

The father says his family has been cooperating with investigators.

During her speech, Clinton expressed support for the survivors of the attack and the loved ones of those killed.

The Clinton campaign said the rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public and that Mr Mateen was not invited as a guest and that the campaign was unaware of his presence until after the event.

"She disagrees with his views and disavows his support," spokesman Nick Merrill said.

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