Identified only as Miguel, the man said Omar Mateen was very loving and felt betrayed by the gay Latino community
A man claiming to have been the lover of Omar Mateen, the terrorist who opened fire on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub and killed 49 men and women in the worst mass shooting in US history, has said that the mass murderer’s crimes were an act of revenge after Mateen was told a former partner of his was HIV positive.
In an interview with the Spanish-language TV channel Univision, the man, identified as Miguel and disguised throughout, described his relationship with Mateen as “friends with benefits.” He claims the two men encountered each other on a gay dating website, meeting up to 20 times during a two-month relationship that ended in December.
At the time of the June 12th attack on a Latin night at a popular gay club, Mateen stated that he was an agent of the so-called Islamic State - which ISIS also claimed to be true - but Miguel has made allegations that extremist violence was not his motivation.
“I’ve cried like you have no idea,” Miguel told Univision. “But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism. In my opinion, he did it for revenge.”
Disguised in make up to protect his identity, Miguel said Mateen was looking to be loved [Univision]
Alleging that Mateen had become “terrified” after having a sexual relationship with a Puerto Rican man who he later discovered to be HIV-positive, Miguel said: “He hated Puerto Ricans for all the stuff they did to him. I believe this crazy horrible thing he did was for revenge.
“When I asked him what he was going to do now his answer was, ‘I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me.’”
Miguel also claimed that Mateen had been forced into an arranged marriage, that he was “sweet and affectionate,” and that Mateen felt used by the Latino men with whom he had had relationships.
While the veracity of Miguel’s claims could not be verified, Univision reporter Maria Elena Salinas did reveal that the channel had been informed by the FBI that the agency was speaking to him.