The two married in March 2009 and moved into the Fort Pierce condo that Mateen’s family owned.“He seemed like a normal human being,” said Yusifiy, who divorced Mateen in 2011.Indeed, as the first day of the investigation neared an end, U. officials struggled over how exactly to label the attack, which President Obama described on Sunday as both “an act of terror and an act of hate.” [50 dead in worse mass shooting in U. history] “We have reached no definitive conclusions,” Obama said at a news conference, adding: “What is clear is that he was a person filled with hate.” Also clear is the fact that, until the past week, Mateen appears to have lived a relatively quiet life, as a security guard and father of a young son who kept a modest two-bedroom condominium in Fort Pierce, a town on east Florida’s central coast.
“He was not a stable person,” she told The Washington Post. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.” [‘It was just complete chaos’: survivors on the struggle to stay alive] Yusifiy said she met Mateen through an online dating service and eventually agreed to move to Florida to be with him.
“He used to work out a lot.” [Another national tragedy drives Americans further apart] Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, insisted in interviews Sunday that his son’s violent deeds had nothing to do with religion.
He said Mateen had become enraged a few months earlier at the sight of a pair of gay men being affectionate with each other.
“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up,” he said.
“Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.” It is unclear if his statements ever attracted the attention of the FBI.