She lost her only child in the Pulse Nightclub massacre and wept in her car on Wednesday after the final Orlando lawsuit against the widow of the protege, Noor Salman.
"It was so draining, it just rips your heart out and back," Christine Leinonen told The Daily News.
Leinonen, 60, sat through weeks of testimony in the case and hopes that the jury found Salman guilty of supporting husband Omar Mateen before executing the horrific mass shootings in June 2016 (19659002) Among the dead was Leinonen's 32nd -monthly son Christopher (Drew) Leinonen
"I do not feel sorry for her, I hope she's convicted," Leinonen said of Salman. "If she gets acquitted, I'm fine, but I hope that's not the case, she got a fair trial."
The mourning mother emphasized that she was "not for personal revenge" but only for justice.
Son will not be less dead, no matter how, "she said," It will not change my life's over. For every real, meaningful reason to be alive, it's over. The laugh and the love and the happiness. This is over when my son's hopes and wishes are fulfilled. "
Leinonen She said she was not surprised to learn for the first time on Wednesday that Mateen had originally planned with a pram to smuggle his long pistol into an attack near Disney Springs, near Epcot.
"Today the first day I heard he bought the stroller to be a ruse so he would be unobtrusive "It was so deliberate," she said.
Leinonen said she believed that Salman, 31, knew about the stroller and Mateen's evil intent.
"Why do you buy a stroller when your child is three? You did not need a stroller, that's the trick they used from those lists, as if I were a loving family with a toddler and a little baby," she said ,
"All you need to do is look at the raw, raw evidence, it's $ 30,000 a year, but in the three days leading up to the attack, they spent $ 26,000, and just before that, he hires them as the beneficiary for his accounts." said Leinonen.
She needed to know that she had married a jihadist. He was examined before they married, and he was examined for the same during marriage.
She married a man who went cold and cruel to a club, sat there for half an hour and people watched a lot of fun, then went to his car, came back and killed her systematically, shot and shot on, you would Think that there would be a brief second of reflection to see the severity of your error, it's a measure of cold, calculated murder, to which few people on earth are capable, "she said," She can not preach ignorance
Leinonen said the defense was wise to combat the weaknesses of the government's case, notably Salman's Signed Confession
A former Michigan State trooper, who now lives near Tampa, told Leinonen that it was would have helped immensely if investigators had recorded their interviews with Salman.
"They held her for 11 hours when she was the mother of a 3-year-old, may people understand how distressing that would be for any mother, they did not give her a polygraph or stuck her, it takes from her signed statements where she admits, distance, "said Leinonen.
Despite their willingness to accept any jury verdict, Leinonen said that Salman would probably have been able to prevent the massacre and pay a price for its "marginal" actions. "
" In one way or another she will see her son's life unfold where I am not. My son's life ended at 32. I could live to become 102, and my son will never grow beyond 32, "she said.
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