The shooter walked in and began firing into the crowd, killing 49 people and wounding at least 50 others. Mateen was shot and killed by Orlando police. He had legally purchased an assault rifle despite previously being entered into a terror watch list.
In light of the awful tragedy, OnePULSE Foundation was founded to help support the families of victims. Additionally, OnePULSE will also be creating a memorial to commemorate the fallen.
In a Facebook post, the onePULSE Foundation said they hope the memorial will “provide a sanctuary of hope dedicated to the lives affected and taken by the tragedy.”
The nightclub will not be reopened. Instead, the memorial will find its home on the site.
Many Orlando residents are happy to be honoring the victims. “We can’t make it disappear and pretend it didn’t happen by building something else,” said Kelly Casas, a Florida local. “Plus, it gives family friends and locals somewhere to go pay their respects.”
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