Orlando nightclub massacre

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On the third anniversary of the shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 people dead, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not mention the LGBTQ community in his initial proclamation commemorating the day.

Elected leaders are scheduled to announce Monday at Pulse plans for legislation that would designate the nightclub as a national memorial site. 

Amy Green / WMFE

Pulse victims and family members are taking legal action against the security firm that employed the gunman in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

Dozens of victims and family members plan on filing a complaint Wednesday in federal court against G4S Security Solutions.

They allege the security firm failed to report changes in Omar Mateen’s mental health and seize his weapon before the nightclub shooting that left 49 dead last June.

Noor Salman, the wife of the man who killed 49 people last June at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., has pleaded not guilty to two federal charges.

Salman was arrested earlier this week and charged with providing material support to a terrorist and obstruction of justice for allegedly knowing about Omar Mateen's plan to slaughter people at the nightclub.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mateen was killed by police.

Over the summer, the Pulse Nightclub tragedy garnered national attention as the worst mass shooting in modern American history. And, while it’s certainly influenced the lives affected by the massacre, the incident is also influencing legislative issues for the 2017 session.

On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens of others in what became the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

Catherine Welch / WMFE

At 2:02 am Monday, a small crowd gathered at the Pulse nightclub to mark six months since the mass shooting. The gathering was only for survivors, family and friends of those who died.

The fence around the nightclub, was covered with fresh flowers and banners. Inside the fence, near the club entrance, a small crowd gathered to read the names of the 49 victims and light a candle. The candles were aligned in the shape of the Pulse logo.

Richard Sizemore was there.

Matthew Peddie / WMFE

The owner of Pulse says she feels a personal obligation to create a permanent memorial at the site of the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

She will not sell the nightclub to the city of Orlando.

Barbara Poma said she just isn’t ready to walk away from the gay nightclub she established as a tribute to her brother, who died of AIDS.

Her decision comes after city staff proposed buying the building for $2.25 million to transform it into a memorial for the 49 who died in the June 12 massacre.

A hurricane that hit North Florida, the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a horrific massacre in Orlando haven't slowed the appeal of the Sunshine State for tourists, according to state officials.

New emergency calls placed in response to the Pulse nightclub mass shooting have been released. The calls have been made public after a legal battle with media organizations. Dozens of 911 calls placed after 2:12 a.m. have been released. A judge also ordered transcripts of earlier calls should be made available.

Associated Press

Victims of the deadly shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and their families have until Monday September 12th  to submit claims for the OneOrlando fund. 

At least 228 claims already have been filed for the more than $23 million fund.

Donations will be accepted through September 23rd, and distributions will begin September 27th.

Orlando Sentinel

It’s been an article of undisputed faith among Florida cops, prosecutors and journalists for decades that phone calls to 911 are public records. So media lawyers were flabbergasted last month when Orlando police refused to turn over recordings of the 911 calls made during the murderous shootout inside the Pulse nightclub that left 49 people dead. 

At the same time, they weren’t surprised at all.

Exclusive: New 911 Logs Reveal Horror Inside Orlando Club

Jun 29, 2016

"Losing feeling in her leg...Just keeps saying, I don't want to die today," a dispatcher with the Orange County Sheriff's department wrote about a 911 caller inside the Pulse Nightclub a half hour after police received reports of shots fired. "Caller in the back room pleading please tell the cops to come," wrote another dispatcher about a separate call. 

Mario Perez lives in Miami, but he was in Orlando for a housewarming party Saturday, June 11. After the party, the 34-year-old went to Pulse for Latin night.

At 2 a.m., he heard gun shots. Loud. He knew it was real.

“And the minute he started shooting, I got hit from the side, I got grazed by a bullet," Perez said. "My first instinct was to fall to the floor, that’s what you’re taught to do.”

The body of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people in the Orlando shooting on June 12th, has a final resting place: the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida in Hialeah Gardens.

It is not clear, though,  if he has already been buried or is scheduled to be buried there.

Alex Harris is covering the story for The Miami Herald. She says, after a traditional Muslim death, family members wear white and it is a relatively short grieving period.

 

“And after three days, mourning’s over, and you can change out of your white clothes and...life goes on.”

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