ORLANDO, Fla. — The ex-wife of the man authorities said killed at least 50 people at an Orlando nightclub spoke at a news conference Sunday night.
“To be in some way affiliated, at one point in my life, to somebody that causes such a tragedy-- it shook me,” Sitora Yusufiy said during the evening news conference in Colorado.
According to The Associated Press, Yusufiy said Mateen beat her repeatedly while they were married.
"He was mentally unstable, mentall ill," Yusufiy said.
Yusufiy told The Washington Post that she met Mateen online about eight years ago and decided to move to Florida and marry him. Yusufiy said at first the marriage was normal, but then he became abusive.
"That's when I started worrying about my safety," Yusufiy said.
They were together for only a few months and her parents intervened when they learned Mateen had assaulted her. She said he wasn't very religious and gave no signs of radical Islam.
"He would get in his tempers and express hate towards everything," Yusufiy said.
Yusufiy said he owned a small-caliber handgun and worked as a guard at a nearby facility for juvenile delinquents.
Yusufiy said his family was from Afghanistan, but her ex-husband was born in New York. His family later moved to Florida.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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