Was Orlando gunman Omar Mateen part of an Islamic terror cell family?
That’s what authorities are investigating — and they may slap the handcuffs on his wife soon.
“Federal prosecutors have convened a grand jury to investigate the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, seeking to charge her as an accessory to 49 counts of murder and 53 counts of attempted murder as well as with failure to notify law enforcement about the pending terrorist attack and lying to federal agents,” Fox News reported Thusday.
According to The Associated Press, she was a sweet, pretty girl with Palestinian roots who left an arranged marriage only to find love with a man — and she may have helped him commit the worst mass shooting in modern U.S history.
Little by little, details have begun to emerge about 30-year-old Noor Zahi Salman, who grew up in the small suburb of Rodeo, California.
Her romance with Omar Mateen — security guard, bodybuilder and devout Muslim — began online, according to a neighbor, and they were married on Sept. 29, 2011, near her hometown, according to public records. The couple has a 3-year-old son.
Early Sunday, the 29-year-old Mateen declared allegiance to the Islamic State and opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded.
Authorities believe Mateen’s wife knew about the plot ahead of time, said an official who was briefed on the progress of the case but insisted on anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation. The official said investigators are reluctant to charge her only on the basis of possible advance knowledge of her husband’s plans.
Three people identifying themselves as FBI agents visited Salman’s childhood home in Rodeo on Tuesday and spoke with her mother, said Jessie Rojas, a next-door neighbor.
In Fort Pierce, Florida, where Salman and Mateen lived, Salman made a brief visit to their first-floor apartment late Monday, escorted by police and her brother-in-law. Her father-in-law said she came to retrieve clothing. She did not speak with reporters. She has otherwise been in seclusion.
According to marriage documents on file in the Contra Costa County Recorder’s office, Salman was born in the United States while her parents’ birthplaces were listed as “Palestine.”
It’s unclear when her parents, who served as witnesses for the wedding, came to the United States, but their naturalization papers allowing them to stay in the country were approved in 1984.
No one answered the door at the Salman home Tuesday, but neighbors who know the 2004 graduate of John Swett High School in nearby Crockett said they find it hard to believe she had anything to do with the massacre.
Jasbinder Chahal, who has lived across the street from Salman’s childhood home for the last 15 years, said Salman is “very nice…not the smartest, but she was beautiful.
“You know, some kids after high school, they open up the box and the world is theirs. She was inside the box, just pack it up and get married,” said Chahal.
“They had a small wedding and took lots of pictures here at the house,” said Chahal. The marriage license says the ceremony took place in Hercules, California, and that an imam officiated.
Of Mateen, Chahal said, “He was shorter than her and did not seem very friendly.”
Chahal said Salman’s mother, Ekbal Salman, was deeply upset when she visited her Monday night and said she feared for the safety of her daughter and grandson.
Salman’s parents tried to shelter their four girls as they grew up.
“Noor never played in the street, and the girls were never allowed to drive,” Chahal said.
The neighbor quoted Salman’s mother as saying Mateen also kept her daughter from driving, until he recently allowed her to take a test to get her driver’s license.
Salman’s marriage to Mateen was her second, said Chahal. Mateen had previously been married as well.
Her first marriage had been arranged in the Palestinian Territories by her parents, said Chahal, adding that the union did not work out.
“He was in Chicago and they were living there, but they were not married long,” Chahal said. “They had cultural differences since she grew up here and was American.”
Mateen had met his first wife, Sitora Yusufiy, online, too. They married in 2009 after a whirlwind romance.
Yusufiy, who immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan, has told reporters that Mateen was mentally unstable and abusive during their brief relationship.
She said she knew quickly that the marriage had been a mistake and she left him a few months later. The couple didn’t divorce, though, until June 21, 2011 — just three months before Mateen married Salman.
On one of her sister’s Facebook pages — next to a family photo — there is a box with the words: “Solidarity with Gaza.”
Salman rarely came home to visit after she married because Mateen would not let her, Chahal said. She quoted Salman’s mother telling her that Mateen even tried to keep the daughter from traveling home to see her father when he was sick.
The younger Salman managed to scrape together the money to visit before her father died in a local hospital, Chahal said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Main Street says
Helen Higgason says
There is no doubt, this wife exactly what her husband, was going to do, I heard that she drove him around, to the sight, before the killing begun , so HANG both in the same gallows, please!!!!!
Clearly she either knew, or should have known. Case closed.
she should be sent to jail and no the insurance money should not go to the family NEVER
Magnum Gustov says
Did anyone notice how quickly the the most important issue of the shooters background just “disapered”? Original reports stated he was on a watch list but worked for home land security with a security badge. Media and government make it sound like he decided a week before to kill all these people, “A home grown terrorist”… like many individuals on terror watch lists and no fly status, even recommendations against them having arms, Actually working for Homeland Security. Incharheof guarding our nuclear missile program. As I refuse to honour this Satanist with a name, had a pistol permit since 2008 . According to the Alex Jones show, carried a government issued service revolver. Hillery while as a state’s woman, disbanded and ordered destroyed all investigative material an FBI subdivision that had been investigating Muselem religious groups that wereininsightful against America and tracking the Money to and from abroad. This group, like junk yard dogs, had their teeth yanked by Hillery and these people are all dead for it. See “The Alex Jones Show” on YouTube for more damming information about this tragedy.
Peter Joffe says
Why are people so surprised? Please read the Quran and see what Muslims are command to do. What does a terrorist look like. What a terrorist does is unimaginable to Western Civilization but is run of the mill for Muslims. If you live in the same neighborhood as Muslims then you need to know what is possible, so don’t be surprised, be prepared and make sure that you can fight back.
John Randall says
Idiots ! She wasn’t in on it, Bull____, She knew all about it, She helped pull the trigger on all those victims. She needs to be arrested, She was obligated to turn him in, But they will wait till she flees the country now, and that will be the end of it. Obama will buy her ticket to escape. He is blaming Trump as a distraction.
Idiots! I hope you will be arrested and charged for all victims, and spend the rest of life in prison.,,!!! 100 %
Not bloody likely to happen, given the PC and progressive court system we have these days. Rest assured that some lawyer will come up with a theory which completely exonerates the idiot. Mark my words, it’ll happen. Just wait and see.
EEL RIVER says
JIM IM INCLINED TO GO ALONG WITH YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS, THERE WILL BE SOME AMBULANCE CHASIN SLICK LAWYER STEP INTO THE RING AND SAY SHE IS AS PURE AS THE DRIVEN SNOW, AND HOW COULD WE BE SO MEAN AS TO EVEN ENTERTAIN THE IDEA OF CONVICTING THIS POOR MOTHER OF MASS MURDER WHILE SHE SAT AT HOME WITH HER CHILD!
Once they get lawyered up they slip the noose and be on the loose most likely with Obamas help !
Justin W says
When I saw this on TV my first thought was someone needs to tell this woman she needs a lawyer and she needs to stop talking until she gets one. With that said, this woman should be prosecuted if she was aware of her husband’s plans to attack the gay bar. A lot of innocent people were killed or injured by this Muslim terrorist’s actions.
Reading this story underscores the role of Islam in creating a variety of problems related to the treatment of women and the vigilante actions of a Muslim who was possibly a closet homosexual. The best thing Muslims can do is realize a large part of their problem is their religion. When they come to America they need to leave Islam behind.
I 4 AN I says
not the agenda, they plan 2 force islam on u & everyone else.
Obama you can’t even say Issis you are a Muslim also and you defend all Your cronies you have placed into our government trying to make this a Muslim country how many Zara did you appoint trying to bankrupt our country, I will be glad when you are out of office
I wish they would finally decide what to call this war that was started back in 2001. BTW, just because Obama quit fighting the war does not mean it is over, he just opened the opportunity to bring it to our own doorstep. Now, it is not just the military that is engaged in the war, it is EVERY American Citizen………. Oh! I forgot, they are Citizens too in Obama’s eyes. Obama reminds me of a song that Bill Anderson (Country Music Star) came out with back in the Sixties: “We Ran Out Of Things To Call It, So We Call It Quits!”. I pray for our Nation that we can all stand united against the evil that prevails against us with One Heart, and One Mind and in One Accord.
Folks, we are in a Crisis! In ancient Chinese hieroglyphics the word CRISIS is formed with TWO words. One is DANGER and the other is OPPORTUNITY. When in a Crisis, one should recognize the Danger, but also acknowledge the Opportunity. In the face of the danger that confronts us as Americans, we Also have the opportunity to band together as one Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all……. NO MAN IS AN ISLAND! and NO MAN IS INVINCIBLE! I’m not a hero and not brass polishing, Just trying to do what’s right for humanity.
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD PROTECT DONALD TRUMP!
Deb Miller says
You’re a very intelligent knowledgeable person. Glad you’re on the Trump “train”. He needs people like you to help him fix things when he becomes PRESIDENT of U.S.A. in November! Pray for his VICTORY. If “she” wins, we’re in BIG trouble folks.
Arrest the wife and whole family. I heard that Mateen’s father belongs to a hate group? This act is horrible.
And isn’t a shame , not one person in that club had a gun on them.
Dave Maxwell says
See, the FBI can move quickly when they decide to!
She had an obligation to at least warn the police this was going to happen. At the very least she stood by and allowed it to happen. She should go to jail, but that would make sense and we can’t have any of that can we?
Not making excuses for his wife but we don’t know the home situation. He had been accused of beating her. That seems to be accepted by them. Had she said anything she may have been killed by her husband or his family. Hard to wear those shoes. Wives are completely dominated by their husbands and known to be killed by husband and their own parents or her in-laws. Father-in-law is connected with terrorist.
I also think if some of the victims had guns, maybe someone could have put the shooter down.
I agree with Janice. Leave the poor woman alone until you get the facts. You might do some research on abuse and Stockholm Syndrome before you get too carried away. I am not necessarily defending her or her actions, but I would remind you that he among us who is without sin should cast the first stone. Also, judge not lest ye also be judged. We have enough hatred in this world without jumping on the bandwagon without the facts. We live in a wonderful nation that embraces the philosophy “innocent until proven guilty”.
“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”
(Quote usually attributed to Mark Twain, occasionally to Abraham Lincoln. Likely derived from Proverbs 17:28)
I thought this was BS when I first caught wind of it early Sunday. Then Monday I made a connection between Hitlary, Big Sis, and Condi, and Omar. It was G4S!! Now I know it was a Gov PsyOp for Killary!
NOBODY DIED!!! It’s one big Punch and Judy show!
Any wonder why no one trusts the Presstitutes and the DC Whores any more!
A company I worked for, we had to do suicide watch on alternating weekend. In order for me to clean up a mess like what should of been in Orlando, YOU HAD TO OF BEEN TRAINED IN BLOOD BORN PATHOGENS. The cops in my book failed miserably! At a Gay Bar? Please, them cops can’t be that stupid! No Blood? No Mass Murder! What little there was, was faked!!
100% PROOF Orlando Shooting Was a STAGED HOAX…This Is All You Need To See
Donald weichold SGM (ret) Special Forces says
Where are your brains? Can’t be in your head! Must be lower down. FOOL
JANET BLAU says
DEPORT MATEEN ENTIRE FAMILY BACK TO THE COUNTRY WHICH THEY CAME FROM. WHAT GOES ON IN THESE PEOPLES HOME IS WHAT SPAWN A PERSON LIKE MATEEN. THIS WILL TELL ALL OTHERS THAT FOLLOW HIS PATH WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY. PERHAPS THEN THEY WILL THINK VERY CAREFULLY ON THEIR PLANS, AS FOR HIS WIFE — SHE SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH MURDER. SHE KNEW, WENT ALONG WITH HIM, MADE NO EFFORT TO TELL TO STOP HIS ACTIONS, SHE IS GUILTY SAME AS HE. AMERICA STAND UP AND DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ALL SUCH CRIMES.!!!!!!
Doris dungan says
Put her ass in prison and let her be judged in there them lady’s will take care busines????
If Hillary wins, Country Will tank, can’t be Trusted. I won’t stay in country, Ecuador or Belize. Since the 80’s Evil spreads Evil , like a hot poker on an open Grevious sore ! Pray as The Days Of Jezebel, that demonic Energy took a couple decades to lift. If people haven’t seen iThe Clinton Chronicles , the 1 hr. 52 min. Version, 2015 -16. Shocking and I thought I knew it all, born in 1955 . You see that you understand what happened to Our Country, Sold down a Rat Hole. I am more scared of her than Bill. God Bless America. And Pray for the Slaughtered, Hopefully 1 Day Peace on this Wretched Planet. Elizabeth.