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Orlando gunman's 'gay lover' claims massacre was revenge against HIV-positive partner

The man, known only as Miguel, claims Mateen said he was going to make the Puerto Rican gay community ‘pay’.

A MAN WHO claims he was Orlando gunman Omar Mateen’s lover says he carried out the mass murder in revenge after finding out one of his partners was HIV-positive.

In an interview with Spanish-language television network Univision, the man – who was identified only as ‘Miguel’ – said Mateen was “100% gay” and bore a grudge against Latino men because he felt used by them.

“In my opinion he did it for revenge,” Miguel, who was heavily disguised for the interview, said.

Univision Source: Univision

Mateen shot dead 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Florida, on 12 June in America’s worst mass shooting.

Miguel said he and Mateen met on a gay dating website and met 15-20 times over the space of two months late last year.

Miguel said Mateen never revealed his name, saying only that he was 35 and married with a son. He said Mateen was “sweet and affectionate” and told him he had been forced into an arranged marriage.

fg The victims of the Orlando shooting. Source: Apexvision

“He adored Latinos, gay Latinos,” Miguel said. “But he felt rejected. He felt used by them. There were moments in the Pulse nightclub that made him feel really bad…

I believe this horrible, crazy thing he did – that was revenge.

Miguel said Mateen was especially upset after a sexual encounter with two Puerto Rican men – one of whom later revealed he was HIV-positive.

“He (Omar) was terrified that he was infected,” Miguel said.

When I asked him what he was going to do now his answer was: ‘I’m going to make them pay for what they did to me’.

The FBI confirmed to Univision it has met with Miguel.

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