Early Sunday morning, radical terrorist Omar Mateen stormed into the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida and killed 49 people before being shot dead by police. Days later, the secret Mateen never wanted to come out has finally been leaked.
According to Daily Mail, multiple people who knew Mateen have now confirmed that he was a gay man himself. A gay man who attended the police academy with Mateen back in 2006 told reporters that the two often went to gay bars together. At one point, Mateen even said he wanted to pursue a relationship with him.
Mateen was also a regular on gay hookup apps including Grindr and Jack’d. While this originally looked like a major act of terror, it now appears to have been more about Mateen’s own shame over his sexuality.
“He’s a homosexual and he was trying to pick up men,” said Jim Van Horn, who called Mateen a Pulse “regular.” He went on to explain Mateen’s tactics in picking up guys at the club.
“He would walk up to them and put his arm around them or something and maybe try to get them to dance a little bit or something and go over and buy them a drink,” he said.
Van Horn went on to say that he talked to Mateen once at the bar, but his friends pulled him away halfway through the conversation because they thought the guy was creepy.
“They said they didn’t want me talking to him because he was a strange person,” said Van Horn.
“I recognized him off Grindr,” an emotional Cord Cedeno told MSNBC on Monday, adding that he eventually blocked Mateen because he was “creepy.”
Kevin West said he’d been talking to Mateen on gay hookup apps for over a year, and that the Muslim would often ask him which clubs were “popping.” He last saw Mateen on 1am on Sunday as he crossed the street on his way to Pulse, minutes before the massacre.
“He walked directly past me. I said, ‘Hey,’ and he turned and said, ‘Hey,’ and nodded his head,” West told the Los Angeles Times.
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