Wife of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Acquitted

Noor Salman

Widow of Pulse Nightclub Shooter, Noor Salman.

Mixed reactions are in the air in Orlando’s community after the acquittal of Noor Salman last week. Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter, was found not guilty of aiding and abetting and obstruction of justice after federal court proceedings. The defendant’s deceased husband was Omar Mateen, the shooter who killed 49 and wounded 53 people at the LGBT friendly bar and dance club in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. Ms. Salman insisted during the trial that she did not assist her husband with his plans of attacking the nightclub in 2016, despite F.B.I. testimony indicating that she knew, and did not say anything, about his intent. The prosecuting team had a difficult time with circumstantial evidence proving that Ms. Salman did, in fact, aid and abet her husband in the terrorist attack, regardless of whether she knew about it or not. With an extremely high conviction rate of Islamic-related terrorist cases, prosecutors and victims’ families and friends were left in quiet disbelief upon the acquittal of Mateen’s widow. In an effort to show strength and support, community members gathered outside of the now-closed nightclub, asserting that they will “not let hate win.” Barbara Poma, Pulse’s owner spoke for the sentiment of many in the community, stating, “This verdict cannot and will not divide us.”