Omar Mateen, who murdered 49 people in an Orlando Pulse gay club in Orlando early Sunday morning, was a gay man himself but chose to hide his true identity out of anger and shame, his former wife has said.
Mateen’s horrifying attack on Pulse nightclub was initially thought to be a homophobic attack rooted in extremist Islamic ideology.
But now his former wife, a former police academy classmate and clubbers have stepped forward to say they think Mateen was gay and had been visiting Pulse since 2013.
The authorities have been looking into reports that he had visited the club several times and also used a gay dating app.
Signs that Mateen could have been gay emerged as far back as 2006 when he asked a male classmate out on a date.
The lone gunman who killed 49 and wounded 53 at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, did pledge allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) and tried to negotiate with police during the attack.