Ron Hopper, the FBI assistant special agent in charge Ron Hopper, center, answers questions Sunday about the shooting.With him are Orlando Police Chief John Mina, left, and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.The classmate told the paper he thought the killer, who pledged allegiance to ISIS before killing 49 at the gay nightclub Pulse, was gay and in the closet.The classmate’s claims came after reports emerged that Mateen frequented the club for years before Sunday’s massacre. would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” he told the Orlando Sentinel. “Some of those people did a little more than (kiss) outside the bar …
In an interview with Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas, the man -- who was called "Miguel" to protect his identity -- said he first met Mateen on the gay dating app Grindr.
Men and women have come forward to the FBI claiming to have had a relationship with Mateen, according to the law enforcement official, and all of those claims are being investigated.
Miguel said in an interview with Univision that Mateen, who was killed by police during the rampage on the Pulse nightclub early on June 12, was gay.
He described his relationship with Mateen as "friends with benefits."He said the sexual relationship lasted about two months, and they met at a hotel in Orlando between 15 and 20 times.
Miguel told Univison that he believes Mateen intentionally targeted Latinos in retribution for feeling rejected by Puerto Ricans."I believe this is not terrorism," Miguel said, despite investigators saying Mateen called 911 and posted to Facebook to pledge allegiance to ISIS during the rampage.
She told federal agents she tried to talk him out of Sunday’s attack, NBC reported.