Mateen Spent $9K on Jewelry Days Before Shooting

Wife was a 'sweet girl' with learning difficulties
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2016 4:52 AM CDT
Updated Jun 20, 2016 6:03 AM CDT
Mateen Spent $9K on Jewelry Days Before Shooting
This Myspace image shows Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.   (Myspace via AP, File)

An odd development in the Orlando mass shooting: Omar Mateen spent around $9,000 on jewelry just days before he gunned down scores of people, ABC News reports. The company that owns Kay Jewelers—which is near the Jensen Beach, Fla., gun store that reported Mateen to the FBI—wouldn't confirm the buy, but it said they are "mourning and are working closely with the authorities." ABC also spoke to one of Mateen's wife's middle school teachers. She says Noor Zahi Salman was enrolled in special education classes. She was a "sweet girl" who tried hard, but she had "difficulty with retention, she had difficulty with conceptualizing, understanding, all challenges to her," the teacher says.

In Orlando, around 50,000 people packed Lake Eola Park for a vigil Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. At one point, a rainbow appeared in the sky. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs told the crowd they had shared a sorrow that "was so profound that at times it felt like healing would be impossible." "To our LGBTQ community, I tell you today that you are not alone," she said. "You are not alone in your sorrow and you are not alone in this fight." Also on Sunday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the FBI is about to release transcripts of Mateen's 911 calls, though they will be edited so as not to "further proclaim this individual's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups and further his propaganda," the Wall Street Journal reports. (Read more Omar Mateen stories.)

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