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Interim memorial opens for 49 killed at Pulse nightclub

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Posted at 8:37 AM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 08:37:02-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An interim memorial for the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub in Florida is opening to the public.

The onePULSE Foundation says that the temporary memorial will open at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the site of Pulse nightclub, which has remained closed since the June 2016 shooting.

GALLERY: Remembering the 49 innocent victims of the Pulse attack

The club’s sign was improved, and a new fence was placed around the nightclub’s perimeter. Planning and designing continues for the permanent memorial.

The Orlando nightclub was attacked by gunman Omar Mateen in June 2016. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during a three-hour standoff at the nightclub before he was killed in a shootout with police.