Do you remember the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12th 2016, by the dirt bag, Omar Mateen? In case you don’t, he walked into the gay nightclub & massacred 49 people- 50, if you include the cowardly perpetrator – while leaving 53 others wounded. The shooting began at 2:02 a.m. & ended at 5:14 a.m., when the Orlando Police Department killed Mateen, after a 3 hour standoff. During the standoff, Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic state. This was marked as a Terrorist attack as well as a hate crime. It was also marked as the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter & the deadliest incident of violence against the LGBT community.
Well, his wife, Noor Salman, was arrested Monday by the FBI in connection with the attack.
Shortly after his death, Salman, moved back to Rodeo, California, where she grew up, which I do find a little fishy, but I could also understand feeling all kind of messed up waking up every day in the same place that your late husband murdered 49 people. But before she skipped town, she was extensively & repeatedly questioned by authorities in the aftermath of the shooting about whether or not she was aware of her husband’s motives and plans.
Salman did tell New York Times that she knew her husband watched Jihadist videos but she was “unaware of everything,” which sounds like an oxymoron, if you ask me. She did also state that she was physically abused by him.
Salman’s attorney, Linda Moreno, also gave a statement: “Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night.”
Moreno also added: Noor told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.”
Orlando Police Chief, John Mina, said in a statement that Salman was facing accusations of obstruction of justice as well as ‘aiding and abetting by providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.”
Florida Governor, Rick Scott, also gave a statement, saying he hoped the arrest “provides some comfort to the families who are mourning their lost loved ones.”
Now, I’m going to stop there and give my opinion.
I do feel that she is rightfully convicted about the aiding and abetting to a terrorist. I do not feel like she should get the whole nine yards of ‘terrorist organization’. I feel like they’re giving her that title just because he would search Islamic materials, and pledged to the allegiance before he was shot, but that doesn’t mean she was a part of it. If he was an abusive husband, physically, then I am sure if he wanted to keep her in the dark, he would keep her in the damn dark. I honestly think it’s more of a paranoia thing right now, because I don’t see enough substantial evidence for her arrest. Her knowing about him watching jihadist videos is really nothing, because the FBI questioned him way back in 2013 due to him boasting to co-workers about him having ties to al-Qaeda. So, if anyone is truly at fault, it would be the officials, for letting the coward walk free three years prior to the massacre. Also, as far as her knowledge of him owning a gun, well, that would kind of be expected since he was a security guard.
Now, let me just say, as a fellow LGBT member, I am not defending the killer, the terrorist, the all right down piece of sh*t. I’m just seeing it from my point of view as far as the wife goes. I’m in the middle about the justice of the outcome of these beautiful people who lost their lives – minus the ugly shooter – because I partially feel like justice was served when he got shot, but I also feel that justice will never be served due to the fact that no matter what they do to his wife, who may or may not have had anything to do with it, won’t bring back the lives of those that were lost.
I do stand with the LGBT family members that lost their loved ones. We will never forget their beautiful faces, nor will we ever forget that tragic night. Let them rest in peace.