Pulse nightclub may become permanent memorial to 49 victims

PULSE SHOOTING RESPONSE

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Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., the site of the worst mass murder in modern U.S. history, reportedly will be turned into a permanent memorial, under plans submitted by the newly-formed OnePulse Foundation. 

The nonprofit organization, launched by Pulse owner Barbara Poma, filed papers with the state indicating it is soliciting donations for the “conceiving, funding and aiding in the construction of a permanent memorial on the existing Pulse site in Orlando… and other relevant sites to be determined by the Board.” Money raised would also go to helping the families of victims, according to NewNowNext. 

On June 12, a gunman who pledged allegiance to ISIS shot and killed 49 men and women, most of them LGBTQ, on Latin Night at Pulse, before police killed him. Another 53 were wounded.

Although the owner had previously told reporters she had planned to reopen the club, and there is talk in town that Pulse could reopen at another location, the scene of the massacre on South Orange Avenue has already become a makeshift memorial with scores of flowers, notes, photographs and personal memorabilia lining the fence.

Hillary Clinton recently made an unscheduled stop at Pulse to pay her respects, and meet with relatives of the victims as well as first responders.

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