Orlando Shooter Father’s Speaks: ‘I Won’t Forgive Him’

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Omar Mateen‘s father was sad but sure. “I don’t forgive him,” Seddique Mir Mateen said Monday morning, shaking his head. Answering the door of his stately Port St. Lucie home in his pajamas, Mir said he had been up all night “in shock.”

“I don’t forgive him as a father, and I’m completely against what he did,” he said. “It’s against humanity and innocent people.”

Mateen’s son is the man who allegedly sprayed bullets into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning, killing at least 49 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history—and what is now considered the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001 . Authorities said Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS before the attack, and the terrorist group has praised the shooting.

Seddique Mir Mateen Mateen said the atrocity his son committed is completely inconsistent with the religious teachings he’s instilled in his family. “It’s against the philosophy that I teach them,” he said.

The elder Mateen is something of an online personality, posting numerous videos on YouTube and his Facebook page about Afghan politics, including some where he appears to pass himself off as the President of Afghanistan. Although he disavowed the hatred that motivated his son’s rampage in the gay nightclub, in a video posted early Monday morning he said “God himself will punish those involved in homosexuality.”

Mateen said he had not slept at all Sunday night, that he was kept awake haunted by what his son had done.

 TIME

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