WENDY PARKULO / NEWS TEAM
The city of Orlando has announced plans to buy the Pulse Nightclub property, the location of the deadliest shooting in American history claiming 49 people, in order to turn it into a memorial. Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer, confirmed the city’s intention to purchase the site for 2.25 million in order to “honor the memory of the victims that are deceased [and] those that were injured, and a testament to the resilience of our community”. The site has remained vacant since the shooting occurred June 12 and the mayor spoke of his intentions to leave it untouched for the next 12-18 months in order to continue to allow mourners to visit and grieve at the intact site. Over the next year and a half the city will gather input from the community and other memorial sites in order to determine the best way to convert the site of this horrific tragedy into a heartfelt memorial. Terry DeCarlo, the director of the GLBT Center of Central Florida, celebrated the action by saying, “We are ecstatic that the city of Orlando bought the property.” Tokens left at the site have been collected by the city’s historical society and will likely be featured in the memorial. Hopefully this memorial will serve as a sign of unification and stability for the Orlando community and the nation as a whole in times of social turmoil.