The body of the man behind the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, has been buried in a South Florida cemetery, and the family members of people buried near him aren’t happy about it.
Omar Mateen was interred at the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida outside Miami, several news outlets including the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Mateen was fatally shot by the police during the massacre at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people earlier this month.
The grave is unmarked, and media outlets learned of the burial only by checking death records.
One man said he was considering having his wife exhumed and moved to another cemetery.
“I don’t see her resting in peace among people like that,” Andrea Wade, whose wife is buried 30 yards from Mateen, told NBC News.
Others objected to Mateen’s burial on religious grounds.
“He’s claiming he’s a Muslim,” Sultan Mamun, whose father is buried at the cemetery, told NBC News. “But we don’t believe he is a Muslim because our religion doesn’t permit killing.”
Mohammad Dandia, who works at the cemetery, called Mateen’s actions “horrendous” but wouldn’t judge whether the decision to bury him there was right or wrong.
“He has to be buried somewhere, right?” he said, according to South Florida’s WPLG.