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Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Was Gay, According to Former Classmate

Nightclub-Shooting-Florida_5In addition to reports that Orlando shooter Omar Matteen was a frequent patron of the Pulse nightclub where he shot and killed 49 people, a former classmate of Omar’s 2006 police academy class says Omar was gay. The classmate also says that Omar once asked him out.

via Palm Beach Post:

The classmate said that he, Mateen and other classmates would hang out, sometimes going to gay nightclubs, after classes at the Indian River Community College police academy.

He said Mateen asked him out romantically.

“We went to a few gay bars with him, and I was not out at the time, so I declined his offer,” the former classmate said. He asked that his name not be used.

He believed Mateen was gay, but not open about it. Mateen was awkward, and for a while the classmate and the rest in the group of friends felt sorry for him.

“He just wanted to fit in and no one liked him,” he said. “He was always socially awkward.”

The former classmate said the group, including Mateen, went to four gay clubs in the Treasure Coast and West Palm Beach in 2006: Kashmir Night Club in West Palm Beach, Byrd Cage in Port St. Lucie, Cold Keg in Melbourne and Rebar in Port St. Lucie.

Wow.

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