As you may know, tragedy struck over the weekend when a man, named Omar Mateen, opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida just after 2:00 a.m. killing 50 people, including himself, and leaving 53 more injured.
Since the news broke, the father of the shooter has come forward and claimed that the motive had nothing to do with religion, and we learned the violent man also allegedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS in the midst of his attack.
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Well now we might have our best insight yet as Mateen's ex-wife Sitora Yusufiy has come forward to talk about her SCARY experiences with the shooter as she admits he was "mentally unstable" and even reveals that Omar beat her!
Sitora, who met Omar on the social media site MySpace back in 2008, dated for a short period of time before getting hitched. However, the disturbed man's former wife obviously rushed into things a bit as she revealed she found:
"He was mentally unstable and mentally ill and he was obviously disturbed, deeply. That's when I started worrying about my safety and he was abusing me physically very often and not allowing me to speak to my family and he kept me hostage from them. And I tried to see good in him even then but my family was very tuned into it I was going through and decided to visit me in rescue me out of that situation."
Mateen's ex even told ABC News:
"He would be perfectly normal and happy, joking, laughing one minute — the next minute his temper… his body would just [go] totally the opposite. Anger, emotionally violent and that later evolved into abuse, to beating."
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Yusufiy talked to The Washington Post about the abuse saying:
"He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn't finished or something like that."
The abuse towards his wife only came to a stop when the woman's family intervened and "rescued" her. However, Sitora did reveal some info about her ex's fits or rage saying:
"In those moments of emotional instability, he would express his anger towards [a] certain culture, homosexuality, because in Islamic culture, it is not really tolerated, homosexuality. And I know at the time he was trying to get his life straight and follow his faith."
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Apparently, Omar really wanted to become a police officer as his former flame revealed that he "trained with his friends who were police officers." Miz Yusufiy went on to reveal that she did know Omar had "a history of steroids" but she would not speculate if that played a factor in the shooting.
Yusufiy went on to address the tragedy by saying:
"I was so so deeply hurt and heartbroken for the people that lost their loved ones and families that are now suffering and people that are wounded that are healing. [I want to offer] my sympathy. What I feel for the people, what I feel for the souls that are transitioning … I don't know why somebody would do this and that is my biggest concern. And I pray for their healing and I pray for their peace,to find their peace I pray for the victims to find their peace."
We're still having a difficult time wrapping our minds around what has happened, but we'll keep you posted as more comes to light.
Our thoughts continue to go out to all those affected during this difficult time.
[Image via ABC/Orlando Police.]
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