‘Not the smartest, but… beautiful’; Details emerge about Orlando shooter’s wife

RODEO, Calif. — She was a sweet, pretty California girl with Palestinian roots who left an arranged marriage only to find love with a man who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S history.

Little by little, details have begun to emerge about 30-year-old Noor Zahi Salman, who grew up in the small suburb of Rodeo, California, tucked in the dry hills near the oil refineries 25 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Her romance with Omar Mateen — security guard, bodybuilder and Muslim — began online, according to a neighbour, and they were married on Sept. 29, 2011, near her hometown, according to public records. The couple has a 3-year-old son.

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