BOULDER, CO – The ex-wife of the Orlando shooter accused of killing at least 50 people and seriously injuring at least 50 others spoke with KDVR, saying her former husband was “abusive,” “violent,” and “mentally unstable.”
Sitora Yusifiy described the shock after finding out that her ex-husband Omar Mateen was responsible for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“I was devastated, shocked. I started shaking and crying because more than anything, I was so deeply hurt and heartbroken for the people that lost their loved ones,” she told KDVR.
Yusifiy says she met Mateen online, and they got married in 2009. She moved to Florida to be with Mateen, who was a corrections officer at a juvenile delinquent center.
Yusifiy says their relationship turned south just a few months into their marriage, and he started to abuse her.
“A few months after we were married, I saw his instability and I saw that he was bipolar and that he would get mad out of nowhere. That’s when I started worrying about my safety,” she said. “When he would get angry, he would express anger toward things, toward everything.”
Her parents rescued her from Mateen four months after their marriage.
The last time she spoke with him was in 2011 when their divorce was finalized.
Yusifiy says Mateen always disliked gay people, but she wasn’t aware that he had any connections to ISIS.
“He was mentally unstable and mentally ill. That’s the only explanation that I can give and he was obviously disturbed,” she said. “I hear the media trying to make this about Islam but it`s just about imbalance.”