Noor Salman is on trial for allegedly helping her husband Omar Mateen carry out the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016, one of the worst mass shootings in the history of the United States. This wiki is a quick brief on everything you need to know about Noor Salman.
In this Noor Salman wiki, you will learn all about Salman and how she came to be married to a man who would commit such a heinous crime. Her husband, Omar Mateen, perpetrated the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At the time, it was the deadliest attack in the U.S. since 9/11, one that sent the LGBTQ community reeling.
A Look at Her Early Years
Noor Salman wasn’t born in any far-flung Middle Eastern country, far from it. She was born on May 25, 1986, in San Pablo, California. Her parents, Bassam Abdallah Salman and Ekbal Zahi Salman, were Palestinian Arab immigrants who had come to the United States in the 1970s. The family owned a grocery store.
Salman has three sisters, of which she is the oldest. All four of them grew up in Rodeo, California. Salman attended John Swett High School, graduating from there in 2004.
As with the traditions of many cultures, arranged marriage was part of Salman’s family tradition. As such, Salman had her first marriage arranged for her to a Palestinian man named Ahmed Abu-Rahma. This marriage lasted from June 8, 2005, to February 26, 2010.
Marriage to Omar Mateen
Noor Salman and Omar Mateen met via an online dating web site. The couple got married not too long after they began dating, on September 29, 2011. But it would be another year until Salman actually moved in with Mateen in Florida.
Salman and Mateen had one son together, now three.
It was the second marriage for both Salman and Mateen. Mateen had been married in April of 2009, with the marriage only lasting four months before the couple was separated.
Mateen’s first wife alleged that her husband abused her.
This pattern also seemed to follow in his relationship with Salman. She alleged that, after approximately six months, Mateen became controlling and abusive.
It was this abusive state of marriage that Salman alleges drove her not to take any action against Mateen before his deadly assault on the Pulse nightclub in June 2016.
Pulse Nightclub Shooting: What Salman’s Husband Did
Just after 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016, 29-year-old Omar Mateen walked into Pulse, a gay bar and dance club, in Orlando, Florida. He opened fire on the patrons. After the initial attack, the club’s security guard and the first officers on the scene exchanged gunfire with Mateen. The shooter then barricaded himself in a bathroom with hostages.
By the time he was done, the gunman had killed 49 people and injured 58 people. Mateen was finally shot dead by police at around 5 a.m.
Mateen made multiple 9-1-1 calls during the hostage situation. During these calls, he made statements that seemed to connect him to a known terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He also called himself an “Islamic Soldier.” The mass shooter claimed his attack was in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that had killed an ISIL commander in Iraq.
Salman’s Arrest and Trial
After the Orlando shooting, Salman fled back to California to stay with her family. But with her husband dead, the authorities were looking at anyone and everyone who may have lent a hand in his massacre. They eventually concluded that Salman did indeed do so.
Noor Salman was charged with aiding and abetting the attempted provision and provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization. She was also charged with obstruction of justice.
The thought behind the charges is that, while Salman did not pull the trigger, she enabled her husband to commit the mass shooting. Also, it’s alleged that she knew her husband was going to do something criminal, but never called the proper authorities to warn them.
Salman’s lawyers contend that any help she may have given Mateen was due to fear of further abuse.
Her lawyers are currently asking for a mistrial in the wake of Mateen’s father being revealed as a loyal informant for the FBI who happened to be under federal investigation.