The city of Orlando has revealed plans to purchase Pulse Nightclub, the site of the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history which left 50 dead and more than 50 injured in June.
In the months since a lone gunman opened fire in the early hours of Sunday 12th June, the club’s owner, Barbara Poma, set up the OnePulse Foundation non-profit to create a memorial out of the venue. Now, Orlando’s Mayor, Buddy Dyer has confirmed plans for a $2.25m (£1.8m) deal to buy the venue.
Speaking to The Orlando Sentinel, Dyer said, “There are lots of people that are making a visit to the site part of their trip, part of their experience of Orlando, so I think 12 to 18 months of leaving it as-is would be appropriate.”
Dyer went on to explain that he wants to “create something to honour the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community.”
As news of the attack originally broke in June, the dance music community was fast to react, condemning the gunman’s actions at Pulse.
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