‘Gay lover Miguel’ says Omar Mateen’s Pulse nightclub shooting was ‘revenge’ in Orlando
Wednesday - 22/06/2016 21:52
A MAN claiming to be the lover of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen said the massacre was revenge after he found out he had slept with an HIV-positive man.
The Sun reports that a Latino man, named only as Miguel, says that Mateen was furious when he realised a man he had a threesome with carried the disease.
According to the lover, the experience turned the gunman against Puerto Ricans and he felt the need for revenge.
The Hispanic man, who met up with Mateen about 20 times, came forward to Univision to tell his side of the story.
“The thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism,” he said. “In my opinion he did it for revenge.”
The furious gunman took an HIV test, which came up negative, but thought that too little time had passed for the test to be accurate.
The pair met up regularly at a hotel in Orlando, Florida.
Miguel described the future murderer as “adorable”, “sweet” and that he “loved to be cuddled ... loved to be embraced.”
They spent their first date at a bar called Parliament.
“It was like any other date,” he said.
He admitted that they often had oral sex during their secret trysts at the Ambassador’s Hotel.
According to Univision, hotel workers confirmed that Mateen was a regular and that he had stayed at the hotel 63 times this year.
The channel has reported that police have CCTV tapes from the hotel.
But to start with, Miguel said that Mateen did not tell him that he had a wife and child.
The Hispanic man found out after he tried to take a selfie with Mateen in bed and the gunman got angry.
Apologising, Mateen admitted that his wife knew about his gay rendezvous.
Miguel said that Mateen described Islam as “a beautiful religion in which everyone is welcome — gays, trans, bisexuals, heteros, everyone.”
But the gunman, who Miguel believed to be disgusted with his own sexuality, felt rejected and isolated by the Hispanic community.
“He hated Puerto Rican gays for all the bad stuff they did,” he said. “Pulse is where he felt used, rejected.
He was always there and he was there because he liked Latinos and he was attracted to dark skin. But sadly, from what he told me, he felt used.
“He felt anger, a lot of anger towards Puerto Ricans,” he said.
Miguel has already been interviewed by the FBI and is being interrogated by federal forces.
The man’s identity was hidden with a prosthetic mask and his voice was altered.