Former Wife of Orlando Mass Shooter Cites Mental Instability, Mental Illness

The former wife of suspected Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen spoke with Colorado media outside her Boulder County home Sunday, saying she was shaken “to be in some way affiliated at one point in my life to someone who caused such a tragedy.

“More than anything, I was so, so deeply hurt and heartbroken for the families that lost their loved ones,” said Sitora Yusufiy, according to a report by Alex Burness of The Daily Camera in Boulder.

Sitora Yusufiy, the ex-wife of Orlando shooting suspect Omar Mateen, her fiance Marcio Dias give a statement to the media at their home outside Boulder on Sunday. (Autumn Parry / Staff Photographer)

Autumn Parry/The Daily Camera of Boulder

Sitora Yusufiy, the ex-wife of Orlando shooting suspect Omar Mateen, her fiance Marcio Dias give a statement to the media at their home outside Boulder on Sunday.

Yusufiy, a marketing and art director for Rainforest Awareness Worldwide in Boulder, spoke with her fiancée, Marcio Dias, by her side.

The Washington Post reported she met Mateen through an online dating service and agreed to move to Florida to be with him. They were married in March 2009, and although she said it only lasted a few months, their divorce was not finalized until 2011. She described a situation in which her family showed up and physically rescued her from a marriage that had turned abusive, wrestling her from Mateen’s grasp.

“He beat me,” Yusufiy told the Washington Post. “He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”

When asked if she could understand why Mateen would have opened fire in the night club massacre, killing 49 people and wounding dozens of others, Yusufiy responded, “Emotional instability. Sickness. He was mentally unstable and mentally ill. That’s the only explanation I could give,” Burness reported.

Yusufiy said she she’d already been interviewed by the FBI in the immediate aftermath of the violence when she spoke to the media Sunday, which was confirmed by the FBI in Denver.

“The work that I do, that me and my fiancé do in the world, is we bring people together, we open them up to harmony of religion, of race, of homosexuality, of orientation — whatever it may be,” she said, according to The Daily Camera. “Acceptance of humanity, of each other, to live in harmony with our Earth. For us, this is the most tragic thing that can happen.”

 

 

 

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  1. It was Religion.

    Religion killed dozens of innocent gay people in Orlando BECAUSE of the shooter’s religious beliefs, beliefs shared by most major religions. The big lie “homosexuality is wrong,” was invented by Religion. That’s what happened. Of course it’s terror and a hate crime, but why? Religion and religious beliefs. The shooter was brainwashed at a young age that “homosexuality was wrong.” Killing homosexuals would please his god, he rightfully assumed.

    Christians have killed millions because of their beliefs, too. Religion is the problem. Religion is the home of ancient fairy-tales, including the idea that homosexuality is wrong (among other silliness) and is the modern day home of ignorance. Religious people don’t pick their beliefs, they inherit them (94% of people are the same faith as their parents).

    It’s not guns. It’s not even “radical” beliefs – Muslims believe homosexuals should be killed, Christians believe they should be treated as “defective.” Religion made that lie up and Religion (again) just killed dozens of innocent people, perhaps many of them religious. The painful irony. Processing gay-Christians is almost impossible – allegiance to the very thing that created all your suffering, discrimination and now murder, is hard to comprehend. There is absolutely nothing wrong with gay people. No need for acceptance or tolerance. Finally, for those LGBT-marketing-savvy churches like MCC, hanging a rainbow flag and having the best (gay) choir in the business, isn’t enough – pass a formal declaration that there is “nothing wrong with homosexuality. Not a single Christian denomination has been willing to do that. Not one. If you’re a gay-christian skip this Sunday.. and the next… and the next, until they right this wrong.

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