Pulse Nightclub

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It’s been four years since 49 people were killed at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. The OnePulse foundation is holding a virtual remembrance ceremony Friday evening.

Steve Rothaus

Florida has lost one of its leading activists in the LGBTQ community. 

Terry DeCarlo, 57, died Monday night of complications from stage 4 neck and face cancer. He lived in Wilton Manors with his husband, Bill Huelsman.

Together with DeCarlo for 22 years, Huelsman posted Tuesday on Facebook: 

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to post this. But I need to let everyone know that I lost the love of my life last night," Huelsman wrote. "The cancer was just too aggressive for treatment."

onePULSE Foundation

The onePULSE Foundation announced the winning design team for the Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando today.

The winning team is led by French firm Coldefy & Associés and includes Orlando-based HHCP Architects, among others.

The design includes a memorial with a reflective pool and garden with 49 trees, along with an open-air educational center with a public plaza.

onePULSE Foundation Director Barbara Poma says right now the memorial would bisect the Pulse nightclub, which means visitors might be able to walk through it. But that could change.

A group of survivors and family members of those killed in a mass shooting at Florida nightclub have formed an organization to oppose the building of a private museum to honor the victims.

Members of the Community Coalition Against a Pulse Museum said the nightclub should be torn down and the nightclub's owner should not build a private museum. Any memorial should be constructed on public property, and any money raised for the museum should be channeled to survivors, they said.

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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.

Lori Pratico

In a few weeks, Miami will play host to the first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 race. Ahead of the debates on June 26th and 27th, Miami Herald political reporter David Smiley spoke with Sundial to break down what the debates will cover and what the prospects for the Democratic candidates in Florida.

Matthew Peddie / WMFE

This Wednesday marks three years since the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured more than 50. In the aftermath of the shooting, the Orange County Regional History Center began collecting the hundreds of memorial items left at the site of the nightclub and other makeshift memorial sites around the city.

The history center’s chief curator Pam Schwartz says the work of collecting and curating those memorial items continues. She says there are now more than 10,000 items in the collection.

Miami Herald

A group pushing to ban assault weapons in Florida has hit a significant milestone in its effort to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot.

Ban Assault Weapons Now!, a bipartisan organization led in part by survivors of mass shootings in Orlando and Parkland, announced Monday that it has obtained 103,000 signed petitions. The total should be enough to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of its proposed ballot question, a mandatory step in the process.

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

Pulse Memorial Designs To Be Finalized In Fall

Apr 16, 2019
Matthew Peddie, WMFE

A permanent museum and memorial is inching closer to becoming a reality nearly three years after the Pulse shooting left 49 people dead at at the downtown Orlando nightclub.

The onePULSE foundation recently began accepting designs for the memorial, and plans to reveal some of these designs to the public in the next few months.

onePULSE CEO Barbara Poma says the design choices will be narrowed down to six finalists by the fall.

Lannis Waters / Palm Beach Post

Even though a Jupiter security company provided Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen with firearms training, it can’t be blamed for his deadly 2016 rampage that left 49 people dead, a Palm Beach County judge has ruled.

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

The Florida state attorney's office has ended a six-month investigation into the Pulse nightclub shooting, concluding no civilians were shot by law enforcement.

The question of friendly fire has plagued law enforcement since the June 2016 shooting left 49 dead during Latin Night at the predominantly gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. The state attorney used the FBI's ballistics report, as well as witness accounts, video evidence and 911 calls.

The city of Orlando is asking a federal judge to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit that was filed on behalf of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

Forty nine people died and dozens were injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting two years ago. Not counted in the total are some of the first responders who are now struggling with PTSD after witnessing the scene.

Matthew Peddie / WMFE

In the wake of the shooting at Pulse, the community responded in different ways. Some gave blood, some left memorial items and others chose to honor the victims with tattoos. 

At a tattoo studio in downtown Orlando recently, survivor Yvens Carrenard got a tattoo of a woman’s face with a leopard head-dress.

“It’s always going to remind me to be strong, you know, remind to keep fighting, remind me to make my life something, because there were people that were taken away from us for no reason,” said Carrenard.

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