Gunman in worst US massacre described as 'quiet,' with few friends

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Obama previous year explained that he refuses to describe the self-proclaimed Islamic State and al Qaeda as groups fueled by "radical Islam" because the term grants them a religious legitimacy they don't deserve. The link is not obvious, although, as Ronald Hopper, the FBI's assistant special agent in charge on the case, said, "It has been reported that Mateen made calls to 911 this morning in which he stated his allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State".

But he did have anti-gay views and had regularly assaulted a former wife.

"The people who are bad people look like us, and that's a problem", he said. Mateen's father has suggested the shooting was motivated by hatred for homosexuals, saying his son was enraged when he saw two men kissing in public sometime before the rampage.

The father is a minor celebrity in Afghan political circles, hosting an occasional television show in which he expressed hardline views.

In addition to Monday's planned vigil and an offer to provide aid, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh extended another token of tribute for the victims of the mass shooting Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

"The shooter took hostages and at about 5 a.m. we entered and exchanged gunfire with the suspect and he was dead at the scene", Mina said, adding police used a "controlled explosion" at one point to distract the shooter. "This had nothing to do with religion".

"The next text said: 'He has us and he's in here with with us, ' " she said. "Coming to visit me, to see if I was okay", recalled Yusifiy.

He was born in NY to Afghan parents and at one point was married to a woman in New Jersey.

When Sitora's parents found out about Mateen's violent tendencies mere months after the wedding, they stepped in to rescue her from her husband.

She described him as a "private person" but not especially expressive about his Muslim faith.

Yusifiy, who stood next to her current fiance during the press conference, said she met Mateen online about eight years ago, eventually deciding to move to Florida and marry him.

Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher, reporting from Orlando, noted that Mateen worked as a security guard.

The United States has failed to come up with a response that actually targets the cause of terrorist attacks perpetuated by radicalized lone wolves, said Federalist publisher Ben Domenech on CBS's "Face The Nation" today.

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