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Orlando plans to buy the Pulse nightclub and create a memorial to Omar Mateen's victims


The city of Orlando announced a plan to buy the Pulse nightclub, site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and turn it into a memorial to the victims.

Mayor Buddy Dyer said the club will be bought for $2.25 million, about $600,000 more than its appraised value. However, it will remain as-is for up to 18 months to respect the mourners who continue to gather there.

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FILE -- This undated file image shows Omar Mateen, who authorities say killed dozens of people inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, June 12, 2016. U.S. authorities say Omar Mateen, the man who carried out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, had touted support not just for the Islamic State but also other radical factions that are enemies of the Sunni militant group. He not only professed allegiance to IS but also expressed solidarity with a suicide bomber from the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, which is known as the Nusra Front and which is Islamic State�s top rival. (MySpace via AP, File)

The June 12 attack left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. The shooter, Omar Mateen, was killed by SWAT team members. 

Memorial will solve security, safety concerns

Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel the goal was to  "create something 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 nightclub has been closed since the shooting. Visitors since the shooting have occasionally caused security and safety issues. Dyer said buying the club means the city can solve those problems without having to coordinate with the club's owner.

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