“In my opinion, he did it for revenge.”
This week, Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas sat down with a man claiming to be the Orlando shooter’s former lover. The man, who is going by “Miguel” and was interviewed with an altered appearance and voice to conceal his identity, claims to have had a friends with benefits type of relationship with Omar Mateen. “Miguel” claims that their fling lasted two months, meeting up 15-20 times in that time frame. “Miguel” told Salinas that he felt obligated to contact the FBI to tell them what he knew about Mateen. The man even offered Univision a motive: revenge. According to this guy’s story, Mateen allegedly picked up two Puerto Rican men from Pulse and had an unprotected threesome. Later, one of the men admitted to being HIV positive and this, “Miguel” claims, caused the shooter to snap and go on a shooting rampage targeting Latinos.
“He [Omar] was terrified that he was infected,” “Miguel” told Univision. “I asked him, ‘Did you do a test?’ Yes. He went to the pharmacy and did the test. It came out negative but it doesn’t come out right away. It takes 4, 5 months. When I asked him what he was going to do now, his answer was ‘I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me.'”
But, “Miguel” claims that Mateen was never accepted by the gay Latinos he “adored” and that it had affected him. Instead, “Miguel” claims that the shooter was used by the men at Pulse Nightclub and that there were moments that “made him feel really bad.” That is why “Miguel” believes Mateen attacked out of revenge and not as an act of terror.
Univision has not been able to verify the account of the threesome, but the FBI did confirm that they have spoken with “Miguel” about his connection to the shooter.