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Orlando Shooter's Father 'Shocked' & 'Sad' Over Mass Murder: 'Why Did He Do It?"

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Jun. 15 2016, Published 10:01 a.m. ET

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Just days after Omar Mateen savagely killed nearly 50 people inside an Orlando, Florida, gay club, his father exclusively spoke to RadarOnline.com to make sense of the murders, and share childhood photos of his late son.

Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Father Reveals Childhood Photos

"I am shocked and sad. Why did he do it?" Seddique Mateen asked Radar inside the family's Port St. Lucie home. He shared a happy photo of his son as a smiling 2-year-old.

Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Father Reveals Childhood Photos

"He had a good education, he worked, he had a good job, he earned good money," the elder Mateen insisted of his late security guard son. "People liked him a lot, he was getting bonuses at work. Now he has injured this family. I am sorry for what he has done."

Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Father Reveals Childhood Photos
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He stressed that his 29-year-old son, who also lost his life in a standoff with police, did not learn hatred in the family home. "I am not homophobic. I did not bring this on him. I believe that everyone has his own way of life and who am I to make a judgment? I respect everybody," Mateen explained, adding that he is not a supporter of the Taliban or ISIS.

Aftermath of Orlando nightclub shooting

Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Father Reveals Childhood Photos
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Mateen believed his son was under the spell of terrorists. "Young people out there are vulnerable to them," he said. "These groups are the enemy. We need to tell our young people, 'Don't let terrorists take advantage of you.'"

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Aftermath of Orlando nightclub shooting

Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Father Reveals Childhood Photos
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Despite his strong denials, a video surfaced yesterday of the patriarch condemning homosexuals. He also hosts a pro-Taliban show on Afghan TV, CBS News reported.

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At Least 50 Dead In Mass Shooting At Gay Nightclub In Orlando

Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Father Reveals Childhood Photos
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In another shocking twist, the Orlando Sentinel reported this morning that Omar Mateen frequented the gay nightclub he attacked, Pulse, in the months before the attack. Another insider told the paper that the killer was on a gay dating app called Jack'd for at least a year.

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At Least 50 Dead In Mass Shooting At Gay Nightclub In Orlando

Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Father Reveals Childhood Photos
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Still unable to understand the killer's motives, victims' loved ones are attempting to pick up the pieces. As Radar reported, the grieving families secretly met with the FBI and the Medical Examiner's Office to learn more about the process of reclaiming the victims' remains. 

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At Least 50 Dead In Mass Shooting At Gay Nightclub In Orlando

Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen Father Reveals Childhood Photos
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Survivors are also sharing their terrifying experience in the bloodbath. "It was hell on earth," Yaritza Matos, 28, told Radar.

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