Olando shooter Omar Mateen who frequented the Pulse nightclub for three years before killing 49 people on Sunday had homosexual tendencies, according to his ex-wife and a former police academy recruit.
Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for four months, said he had a violent temper, but could not confirm whether his pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group was the main driving force behind his actions on Sunday.
Influential megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes compared Sunday morning's gay nightclub massacre in Orlando to the killing of nine Christians last June at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, and asserted that the Orlando shooting should be identified as both a hate crime and act of terror.
In response to the news that 49 people were murdered and 53 others wounded in Sunday's shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Jakes, a prominent Christian author and senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, posted a video on Monday calling on all Americans to unite in solidarity with the LGBT community.
"I wanted to take a moment to share a statement with you that is on my heart and on the hearts of many, if not millions of Americans around this country. Our heart goes out to Orlando as you face this devastation that occurred this weekend," Jakes said in a short video posted to his Facebook page. more >>
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man killed 50 people at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, and wounded another 53. Few details have been released following the event. Here are some things you should know about gun violence in the US.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 33,636 people died from guns in 2013, and prior to that -- from the year 2009, an average of 32,100 died yearly. Not all of these were results of homicide -- in fact, some of them are suicide. more >>
A Southern Baptist congregation within walking distance to the gay nightclub where at least 49 people were killed early Sunday morning is among many in the community helping victims and their families.
Delaney Baptist Church Pastor Troy Peeples, who lives in a mission house about two blocks from the Pulse nightclub, told The Christian Post "I heard the helicopters flying over the house about 5 a.m. Sunday. At first, I thought it was the medical helicopter flying over from Orlando Regional, but soon learned the details through the local news coverage."
The shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, entered the Pulse nightclub around 2 a.m. Sunday and killed 49 people and wounded over 50 others before being shot dead by police. more >>
Seddique Mir Mateen, the father of suspected Orlando gunman Omar Mateen who killed at least 49 people at a gay nightclub Sunday morning, has been revealed to be a supporter of the Afghan Taliban with strong anti-homosexual views.
CBS News reports that a video has surfaced of Mateen explaining that he was "not aware what motivated him to go into a gay club and kill 50 people," talking about his son. The father explained that he was saddened by such actions, as they were carried out during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
He adds in the video: "God will punish those involved in homosexuality," saying, it's "not an issue that humans should deal with." more >>
Early Sunday, a man named Omar Mateen shot about 100 people in an Orlando gay nightclub with an assault rifle, killing half of them.
Mateen called 911 pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, and was eventually killed by Orlando police in a firefight.
While Mateen clearly stated his loyalty to ISIS and the terrorist group itself has accepted responsibility for the shooting, other people have found themselves being thrown into the blame game as being in some way responsible for the violent anti-gay act. more >>