The city of Orlando has finally announced its plan to purchase Pulse nightclub and convert it into a memorial, honoring the victims of the tragic shooting that took place there in June.
“It has great significance not just for the LGBTQ community and for the Hispanic community but for all of us that live and love Orlando,” said Orlando mayor, Buddy Dyer. “I think it is very important that city take control of the site.”
“It has great significance for all of us who live in and love Orlando.”
— Orlando FL (@citybeautiful) November 9, 2016
The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, 29-year-old Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others as they danced and celebrated Latin night at the Orlando club. As of now, Dyer plans to leave the property as is, in order to let the community mourn.
Ultimately, the city hopes to use the site to “create something to honor the memory of the victims that are deceased, those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community.”