Pulse Nightclub Not Reopening as Memorial
"As reported last week, the club remains closed for business but [owner Barbara] Poma’s desire is that someday a memorial be created at the site."
Despite a Sunday social media post stating that the Pulse Nightclub in Florida would be reopening as a memorial to the 49 people who died there, such a move is not being planned.
A rep for the OnePulse Foundation, which was set up by the nightclub's owners to "provide financial assistance to the victims" of the deadly June shooting and to "contribute to the creation of a permanent memorial," said in a statement today that the nightclub won't be reopening as a memorial.
"OOPS! Looks like we got the media’s pulse racing with an inadvertent Instagram posting that incorrectly stated the Pulse Nightclub was reopening as a memorial," the statement reads. "As reported last week, the club remains closed for business but [owner Barbara] Poma’s desire is that someday a memorial be created at the site. The OnePulse Foundation was established to raise funds for victims of the June 12 tragedy as well as for a memorial. No monies have been collected at this time."
Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at the gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, killing 49 patrons and injuring 53 others. He was killed in a shootout with police.