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Pulse Nightclub property to be purchased by Orlando for permanent memorial

The city of Orlando, Florida, plans to buy the Pulse Nightclub site where 49 people were massacred seven years ago, with plans to create a permanent memorial for the victims.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer made the announcement Wednesday that involves city council taking up the proposal to purchase the property for $2 million next week.

“When the site becomes a permanent memorial, it will be a place for reflection and love,” Dyer posted, along with a link to his full statement. 

If approved by council on Monday, the sale would close by the end of the month, according to local news media outlets.

The nonprofit also said earlier this year that it was scaling back from its plans for a large memorial with a $100 million price tag following fundraising challenges.

Omar Mateen opened fire in the nightclub on June 12, 2016, leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded. At the time, it was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. However, that number was surpassed the following year when 58 people were killed and more than 850 were injured among a crowd of 22,000 at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Mateen was killed after a three-hour standoff with SWAT team members. He had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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