Orlando mayor wants city to buy Pulse nightclub for memorial

In this Monday, June 13, 2016 file photo, Jennifer, right, and Mary Ware light candles during a vigil in Orlando, Fla., for the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. On Sunday, June 12, 2016 a gunman killed dozens at the crowded gay nightclub, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. AP Photo/David Goldman

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando’s mayor says he wants the city to purchase the Pulse nightclub and create a permanent memorial for the 49 people who were killed there during a June shooting.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Mayor Buddy Dyer mentioned the city’s interest during a radio interview that aired Wednesday.

Dyer said he’d like the gay nightclub to remain in its current state for the near future, continuing to act as a temporary memorial as people come from around the world to pay their respects.

Pulse spokeswoman Sara Brady says the club’s owner has met with city officials, but talks were preliminary.

Besides those killed, another 53 people were wounded during the June 12 attack. Gunman Omar Mateen was killed in a shooting with police.

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