And now, the crazed gunman‘s father, Sediqque Mir Mateen, has addressed a heartbroken and shellshocked public about his son’s breathless depravity.
“I am really sorry and have expressed this to the people of the United States, especially in this holy month of Ramadan,” the elder Mateen said in a video he shared on his Facebook page. “What he has done has shocked me … I ask God for help and guidance.”
‘When I got across the street there was just blood everywhere.’ Victims speak about the Orlando massacre. Post continues after video…
“I don’t know what has caused him to do this,” he said in the video. “I was not aware that he had hatred.”
Citing his son’s “dignified life” and that he was a “very good boy”, the father continued to explain his own disbelief at the recent tragedy. Speaking to NBC News, Mateen said he had long warned his son about the hatred bred by terrorism, but had not seen any recent changes in his behaviour that were concerning.
“I always [was] telling him that … the terrorists and terrorism are the enemy of the whole humanity.
“I wish he was alive. I could ask him one question… why did he do this?” he added. “He got enough attention from the family, good education, good life and with a good job. So I am as shocked as you are.”
“I am very angry and mad at him.”
According to officials, the mass murderer legally obtained an AR-15 style weapon within the last week. While reports on his attitudes towards gay people have been conflicting, his father told NBC he had recently become enraged after seeing two men kissing on the street.