He was mentally unstable, says ex-wife of suspected Orlando shooter

Published: June 12, 2016
Omar Mateen. PHOTO: MySpace

Omar Mateen. PHOTO: MySpace

Ex-wife of the Orlando shooter identified as Omar Mateen, who killed at least 50 people at a gay nightclub, has alleged her former husband was violent and mentally unstable.

According to the woman, who wishes to remain unnamed, Mateen used to beat her repeatedly over petty issues when they were living together.

She had met him online about eight years ago, following which she moved to Florida. In the beginning, the marriage seemed fine but soon afterwards, Omar became abusive.

‘Afghan American’ shooter kills 50 in US nightclub

“He was not a stable person. He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”

Omar’s ex-wife shared his family hailed from Afghanistan; however, her ex-husband was born in New York from where the family moved to Florida.

Omar had uploaded a series of photos on Myspace, wearing New York Police Department shirts and that was where his wife identified him.

Her marriage came at a time when, according to her, she was going through difficult time. She married Omar in March 2009 and moved to a two-bedroom condominium in Fort Pierce.

To his wife, Omar appeared to be normal, not a very religious guy who often worked out at the gym. Although he owned a small-caliber handgun as he worked as a guard at a facility for juvenile delinquents, Mateen showed no sign of falling under the sway of extremism.

The ex-wife said her parents intervened when they learned Mateen had assaulted her.

According to Florida court records, the two formally divorced in 2011.

The article originally appeared in The Washington Post

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  • Muslim First
    Jun 12, 2016 - 11:23PM

    So a Muslim cannot practice his religion in USA.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 12, 2016 - 11:51PM

    He obviously has to be mentally unstable to do something as terrible as this …….. the question is what triggered this and answering that will be a lot more difficult.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jun 13, 2016 - 2:07AM

    Mentally stable men also do domestic violence. His family is from Afghanistan and beating women is a sign of Manhood and Warrior race trait in that country. So this logic that he was beating his wife so he is mentally unstable is illogical.
    Secondly mentally unstable people do not have the capacity to carry out such a massive massacre and that too with proper planning and lots of ammunition.
    We can elaborate thousands of arguments to show his insanity. But the fact is that Life will become miserable for those Muslim families who want to make America and Europe as their home, These acts will further alienate the Muslim population in Western countries and that is a fact. Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Jun 13, 2016 - 3:31AM

    “mentally unstable” is very common statement used whenever isis supporter exposed.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 13, 2016 - 4:46AM

    Once a chowkhidar, always a chowkhidar..
    High time Pakistan expels all these Afghan troublemakers back across the border; most of these lot are mentally unstable, illiterate and good for nothing except creating mafias across Karachi and other places.Recommend

  • shazada zahid Malik loan
    Jun 13, 2016 - 5:13AM

    The shooting may have more to do with American and NATO killings in Afghanistan, especially the so called human collateral damage. I am afraid lot of Afghans are very angry and more reprisal may be planned.Recommend

  • ahmed41
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:57AM

    ” mental instability ” may or may not be the reason for such violence………but there is no excuse for random shootings, any where on our planet.

    Live & let live.

    He could have asked himself : ” Why are Gay persons so built ?’ Recommend

  • Aquamarine
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:59AM

    I felt extremely shameful with my family after Iftar when the Pakistani news anchors started to scream “HUM JINS PARASTON KA CLUB”.At least Pakistani media should think before they speak,especially in Ramadan.Recommend

  • observer
    Jun 13, 2016 - 9:05AM


    “the question is what triggered this and answering that will be a lot more difficult.”

    Actually, that is very easy and everyone but the Muslims knows the answer.Recommend

  • Jun 13, 2016 - 10:00AM

    So, you mean to say that LGBTs are stable? Most Americans who want same sex marriage are mentally unstable. Going into war on flimsy grounds is not mental instability?
    However, taking life randomly of is not an excuse. The real issue is America’s involvement in taking life through WARS on whimsical excuses. LGBTs offered an easy target.
    This is a cooked up story by his ex-wife. SalamsRecommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    Jun 13, 2016 - 10:06AM

    I fully agree that he was mentally unstable, this is the reason he took the religion so seriously. Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Jun 13, 2016 - 10:19AM

    @Muslim First:
    Yes .why do we have islamic republics ????
    Ever heard about Christian ,hindu or jews republics.
    Expellision is only solution.Recommend

  • omar
    Jun 13, 2016 - 12:22PM

    he got what he deserved.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jun 13, 2016 - 12:28PM

    @NKAli: Yes they are, they are absolutely stable mentally. They have every right to decide how to live – they are not hurting others. Who are you or I or anyone else for that matter to decide how they should live their lives?
    The problem is in the mind of people who want to dictate to others how they should live their lives.Recommend

  • syedpk
    Jun 13, 2016 - 7:00PM

    So in short u wanted the newscaster to not even mention who were the victims and why were they victims? This south asian tradition of sharam o haya is really pathetic. So afraid to even mention something. Gays even though is not allowed in our religion, exists substantially in Pakistan. This see no evil , hear no evil attitude is like burying ones head in the sand.Recommend

  • Sarmad Hussain
    Jun 14, 2016 - 12:55AM

    Seeing the track record of Americans, a sane person may guess who’s behind this. There’s a move in America to elect Donald Trump. Americans are engineering a new policy which is going to restrict Muslims, perhaps no more Muslims will be allowed to enter America as immigrants. This whole drama is the next episode of what happened in San Bernardino.

    I don’t think any Omar Mateen is involved in it. He must be a victim among those 50 dead. He’s been framed by CIA to serve America’s dirty purposes.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 16, 2016 - 9:30PM

    Then answer it Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 16, 2016 - 9:35PM

    The west is reaping what they sowedRecommend

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