Sitora Yusufiy looked nervous in her CNN interview as host Erin Burnett asked her why she thought her ex-husband had frequented the gay club Pulse before his attack there Sunday.
"When we had gotten married, he confessed to me about his past -- that was recent at that time -- and that he very much enjoyed going to clubs and the nightlife," said Yusufiy, who divorced Omar Mateen in 2011 and said he was abusive and unstable. "So, I feel like it's a side of him or a part of him that he lived but probably didn't want everybody to know about."
At a seniors’ center not far from the Pulse nightclub, families of victims were being summoned and, in most cases, given the formal notice that their child or sibling was among the dead.
They would file in, as couples clinging onto each other desperately, or in larger groups of extended relatives, passing under a large awning that read “Welcome,” and next to a hand-lettered sign saying “Pulse families.”
Hours later they would leave, some sobbing, embracing or rushing away. A black funeral parlor van arrived at one point.
Donald Trump tried to claim the mantle of unity and inclusiveness — while simultaneously calling for an expansion of his ban against Muslim immigrants — in a scathing speech Monday in the aftermath of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre.
Trump offered few policy specifics, mostly attacking Hillary Clinton and President Obama for mismanagement, political correctness and what he portrayed as liberal immigration policy.
His most notable policy shift involved a further extension of his indefinite ban on Muslims entering the country to include even more people.
Mexican authorities confirmed Monday that at least three Mexican citizens were among those killed in the Orlando club shooting. Officials were trying to confirm if another of the fatalities may have also been a Mexican citizen, the Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretariat said in a statement.
In addition, officials said, one other Mexican citizen -- identified as Javier Nava Coria, a native of Mexico City -- was injured in the mass shooting and remained in “stable” condition. Authorities provided no other details about the Mexican casualties.
In a statement, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed “solidarity for the relatives of the victims of this act of horror and terror.” Mexican officials said they were in touch with the families and providing assistance.
After the mass shooting in an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub Sunday, a well-known West Hollywood gay bar is considering making armed security guards a regular presence.
The Abbey Food & Bar upped its security presence during L.A. Pride celebrations in West Hollywood on Sunday, hours after the Orlando attack. The bar had 36 guards on duty, including visible, armed guards at the front and back entrances at all times, said Brian Rosman, a spokesman for the bar.
The Abbey is considering making armed guards a regular presence, especially during peak times such as the Pride event, Rosman said.
Amanda Alvear wanted to go to Pulse on Saturday night to sip on drinks and dance with her friends. Gay and lesbian clubs like Pulse were among her favorite bars because they were fun places where she felt safe to be who she was, her family said.
In a Snapchat video posted by one of her friends on Sunday, the 25-year-old is dancing to the beat of the music permeating the club. In a series of posts, she sipped on her drink and toasted the people watching her feed. Her crew of friends danced around her against the backdrop of glowing purple and blue lights.
But the next video set a different tone. Alvear held the camera close to her face, her brows furrowed and her eyes filled with confusion.
"When you are focused on something as big as helping the country respond to the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history ... it’s important not to get distracted by things that are so small," Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing.