Who is the gunman’s wife 49 people were murdered at the 2016 Pulse Nightclub The shooting says she suffered years of violence at her hands.
In her first full interview, Noor Salman said Wise News Omar Mateen repeatedly beat and raped her throughout her five-year marriage.
Mrs Salman was indicted and later acquitted of charges that her husband helped to plan the attack, which included Mateen The Orlando club is sprayed with bullets, Killing tens of thousands and wounding 53 others before being shot by police.
The club, popular in the LGBTQ community, was running Latin night when the attack began and most of the victims were Latino.
Mrs Salman says she decided to break her silence because it was “a time for people to know the truth”.
“If people are innocent and do nothing,” why is she not clearing her name? ” Wise. “I didn’t speak up because I didn’t have the energy.”
Mrs Salman met her future husband on the website Arab Lounge in 2011 and they were soon married.
As soon as they got pregnant with their first child, she said, “The script turned around.”
Mateen changed from explosive to “gigantic” and repeatedly insulted her.
He also turned on their son, who cut a two-year-old baby toy pig in half with a knife.
In 2013, Mateen was added to the FBI terrorist watch list after he told colleagues that he had hopes of becoming a martyr and claimed he had links with al Qaeda.
After 10 months of investigation, the FBI has nothing to do with Islamic militants, but failed to interview Mrs. Salman or his first wife, Sitora Yusufi.
Mrs. Yusufi has spoken of the atrocities she suffered at the hands of Mateen, wrote in an essay Mary Claire In 2016, she threatened to kill him if she left him.
On the night of the terrorist attack on June 12, 2016, Mrs Salman woke up to a phone call from the police.
As Rampata was still unfolding, Mrs. Salman left the apartment in her pajamas and escorted her to the FBI Field Office where she was interrogated for 11 hours.
She says she never thought of asking a lawyer, and was only told that her husband committed a violent act.
Towards the end of the trial, he signed a statement admitting that he had seen Mateen looking at militants and expressing anger at events in the Middle East.
She later admitted that she had sued Pete’s Night Club with Madeen and claimed that she had prior knowledge of his motives for targeting the club.
During the trial Mateen voluntarily decided to target Pulse and the government’s case against Mrs Salman was split.
Defense attorneys demanded that the FBI press Ms. Salman’s statement because she was tired of the widespread question and she signed up for fear of losing her young son.
After her acquittal, family violence advocates questioned how the charges were brought.
Mrs. Salman returned to Rodeo, California, where she grew up.
She only stopped disguising when she went out, and after living with her late husband’s $ 1,000 a month social security check, she started looking for work.
But after being ranked on the flightless list, she still stands up while trying to board flights.
Before boarding a flight to Chicago to speak at the American Muslim Law Fund in 2020, she was intercepted by TSA officials and interrogated for two hours, losing her flight.
Her focus is now on raising her nine-year-old son, who knows what her father did, “to be modest.”
She changed her last name and told her son not to tell her about the affair in the case The deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in US history.