Father of Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, sighted at Hillary Clinton event

  • AP, Kissimmee, Florida
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2016 19:54 IST
Seddique Mir Mateen, father of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, speaks to the media at his home in Port St. Lucie on June 13, 2016, a day after the attack at the gay nightclub. (AP file photo)

The father of Omar Mateen, the Orlando gay nightclub shooter, was spotted at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in central Florida.

Seddique Mateen was standing in a crowd behind Clinton during the Monday night event in Kissimmee, south of Orlando. A campaign official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wasn’t invited to attend the 3,000-person, open-door public event and that the campaign wasn’t aware he was there until it ended.

Mateen told news outlets after the rally that he loves “the United States”.

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Omar Mateen fatally shot 49 people and injured another 53 at Pulse nightclub on June 12. He was killed by law enforcement officers following a three-hour standoff.

The father says his family has been cooperating with investigators.

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During her speech, Clinton expressed support for the survivors of the attack and the loved ones of those killed.

The Clinton campaign said the rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public and that Mateen wasn’t invited as a guest and that the campaign was unaware of his presence until after the event.

“She disagrees with his views and disavows his support,” spokesperson Nick Merrill said.

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