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Wednesday 9th
posted by Morning Star in World

THE city of Orlando is to buy the Pulse gay nightclub, where a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 in a homophobic massacre on June 12.

Mayor Buddy Dyer says the city has reached a deal to pay $2.25 million (£1.8m) for the site — $600,000 more than its appraised value. He described the price as a “compromise” with the owners.

It will not be altered for the next 12-18 months since it has become a gathering place for mourners, but longer-term authorities plan to turn the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history into a memorial to the victims.

Mr Dyer says Orlando will “create something to honour the memory of the deceased and those who were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community.”

The exact form of the memorial will depend on ideas from the local community and massacre survivors.




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