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Pulse nightclub to become memorial after mass shooting

A plan to build a permanent memorial for the victims of the deadliest attack on LGBT people in U.S history has been put forward

The site of Pulse nightclub, the LGBT venue where 49 people were murdered by a shooter, is expected to become a permanent memorial for victims.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that OnePULSE filed documents with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations outlining plans for the monument.

OnePULSE is a new nonprofit charity with Pulse nightclub’s owners, working to provide financial assistance to victims, as well as contribute to the creation of the memorial, as a “sanctuary of hope dedicated to the lives affected and taken by the tragedy in Orlando”, according to their site.

June 12 saw the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter and the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history, as well as the highest fatalities during a terrorist attack in the United States since 2001's September 11 attacks. 49 people and 53 others were injured in the hate crime.

The site of the massacre has already been inundated with flowers, candles and rainbow flags as tribute to the victims as time has passed. Orlando’s local History Centre has helped to collect and upkeep all tributes left onsite.

Mayor Buddy Dyer told WTVR: “Think about how long it took them in New York City and Oklahoma City. What you want to do is do an appropriate permanent memorial, and I want to make sure we get a lot of input from the effected communities and the city.”

“We owe so much respect to those families, and to everyone who was in that building, and to our country, and to the community, to give them the space to grieve and to pay homage,” Pulse owner Barbara Poma also said.

To help pay for a permanent memorial, OnePULSE Foundation will hold a benefit concert in California August 19, with details to follow soon.