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City of Orlando buys 'Pulse,' will make it permanent memorial

Pulse nightclub purchased by City of Orlando. Will be turned into a permanent memorial.
Photo credit:
The Orlando Sentinel

The city of Orlando said they are going to buy the Pulse nightclub and turn it into a permanent memorial.

The city has reached a deal says Mayor Buddy Dyer to purchase the site for $2.25 million.

Forty-nine people were killed and 53 injured at Pulse on the morning of June 12, 2016.

This resulted in being North America’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history.

Pulse has already become a makeshift memorial as people flock to the site to pay respects to the innocent victims who perished or were injured that morning.

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton visited the site and laid a bouquet of white roses down amid the other offerings on July 22, 2016.

Orlando will call on citizens to help them design the memorial, but will leave the current makeshift memorial as it is for the next 12 to 18 months.

Dyer said he is also not against leaving a portion of the club intact permanently. 

Original owner Barbara Pomer opened Pulse twelve years ago in honor of her brother who lost his life to AIDS.

The city purchased the property for $600,000 over the appraised value.

Mayor Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel his plans for the site are clear, to “create something to honor the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community.”