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One former student who was sitting in the same class as Mateen said he remembers the morning of 9/11 clearly: “Teachers said, ‘Turn on the TV.’ We see the one plane hit. But such memories don’t fit with those of Kenneth Winstanley, a friend of Mateen’s in junior high and high school, who said he did not recall Mateen celebrating the Sept.
11 attacks and doubted his friend would have done that.
Winstanley was not in the same room as Mateen that day. If he was caught celebrating something like that, he would have gotten beaten up.’’ Winstanley said he never saw signs of radicalization in Mateen in high school, adding, “I know Omar liked America.’’ He said the two once had a conversation about Mateen’s Muslim faith.
“I never heard about him doing anything like that,’’ said Winstanley, who attended school with Mateen from grades six through 10. “Omar explained the Muslim religion to me,’’ Winstanley said. It was just some of the things his culture does, the food they eat.
“I never forget a face.” Later that night, Mateen would kill 49 people inside the gay nightclub in Orlando in the worst mass shooting in U. The gunman who killed at least 49 people in a shooting rampage at an Orlando nightclub has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen. (Deirdra O'Regan/The Washington Post) Cord Cedeno said he had also seen Mateen inside Pulse before, standing at the bar with a drink.
“He was open with his picture on the sites; he was easy to recognize,” said Cedeno, 23, of Orlando, who said he was also contacted by Mateen at least a year ago on a dating app.
11, 2001, when they were watching the attack on the World Trade Center unfold on live TV.
[These are the victims of the Orlando shooting] Four classmates said Mateen cheered and made mocking comments, which got him pulled from class and may have led to his departure from the school. So the teacher grabbed him,” he said, and sent him to the dean’s office.On others, he’d get slapped on the back of his head, Delancy said.“He’d try to joke and laugh and make fun of himself to get the attention off of himself.Kevin West said he was in the parking lot at the Pulse nightclub at 1 a.m. The men had met more than a year ago when Mateen reached out to West on Jack’d, a dating app for men.They then lost touch until three months ago, when Mateen made contact again, mentioned that he would be in Orlando soon and suggested meeting for a drink.He was probably one of the only kids of [Afghan] descent.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating