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Orlando Announces Plans to Turn Pulse Nightclub Into a Memorial

The city of Orlando has announced plans to purchase Pulse––the nightclub where a gunman killed forty-nine people and injured dozens of others this summer in the deadliest mass shooting in US history––to turn it into a memorial, Marc Santora of the New York Times reports.

In the early morning hours of June 12, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen entered the gay club during Latin night and terrorized people for more than three hours until he was fatally shot by police.

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer said the site “has great significance not just for the LGBTQ community and for the Hispanic community but for all of us that live and love Orlando.” He added, “I think it is very important that the city take control of the site.”

The city has agreed to buy the building for $2.25 million, pending the city council’s approval. Dyer said that for the next twelve to eighteen months, the club will be left the way it is “so that people from around the country and world that want to visit the site can do so.” Pulse has already been visited by scores of tourists as well as politicians, including Hillary Clinton, and the city said that it will work closely with the community to create the memorial.