Pulse memorial site to move after OnePULSE, nightclub owner unable to reach agreement
The onePULSE Foundation announced the National Pulse Memorial will be built on a different site after it was unable to reach an agreement with founder Barbara Poma and associates for the donation of the nightclub property.
Florida’s PTSD law helps former officer cope with carnage witnessed at Pulse shooting
Adam Gruler, a former police officer who was working security the night of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, was allowed to step down from his post with worker’s compensation benefits because of the state's PTSD legislation.
‘We just want to live:’ Pulse survivor testifies before Congress on recent anti-LGBTQ hate, violence
A Pulse nightclub shooting survivor, alongside other victims of mass shootings, testified before a congressional committee aiming to examine the rise of anti-LGBTQ+ extremism and violence in the United States on Wednesday.
‘49 Bells Ceremony,’ remembrance event held in Orlando to honor Pulse victims
Sunday at noon, amid days of events in observance of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, each of the 49 victims killed in the attack were recognized with the somber tolling of a bell at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando.
Visitors to Pulse Memorial site pay respects as 6-year anniversary of tragedy approaches
It was an emotional time for many who came to pay respects and reflect, with Sunday being the six-year anniversary of the tragedy where a gunman opened fire inside the popular nightclub, killing 49 and injuring more than 50.
Federal appeals court clears social media companies in Pulse shooting lawsuit
A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that Twitter, Google and Facebook should be held liable in the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub after Islamic State social-media posts radicalized shooter Omar Mateen.
‘Longest shift of my life,’ Orlando police officer remembers responding to Pulse shooting
Orlando police Deputy Chief James Young was one of the first officers to respond to the mass shooting on June 12, 2016 at the Pulse Nightclub, running to a club he had not only worked off-duty at, but frequented before as an openly gay man.
Florida passes bill to designate Pulse as a national memorial site
ORLANDO, Fla. A bill was passed Friday by the Florida House of Representatives that would designate the site of the Pulse nightclub shooting as a national memorial site. Rep. Stephanie Murphy spoke on the House floor in support of the bill she spearheaded along with Reps. Darren Soto and Val Demings. We owe it to the families and loved ones of the victims to honor their memories by dedicating a national memorial at Pulse. By taking this important step, we are telling the world that we will fight to ensure no community will ever go through something like this again.NEWS: Our bill to make #Pulse a national memorial just passed the House. The bill allows the site to become a part of the National Park System but will allow the OnePulse Foundation to retain control of its construction.
In online ceremony, Orlando marks 4 years since the Pulse nightclub shooting
ORLANDO, Fla. Hundreds logged on Friday night to pay their respects to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, which happened exactly four years ago. The ceremony included comments from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, Broadway star and Orlando native Norm Lewis and Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma. The online ceremony included family members who lost loved ones reading the names of the 49 lives lost. An hour later, St. Lukes Methodist Church also held an online vigil for the Pulse nightclub victims. At Pulse, many who survived the shooting gathered to comfort each other.
Friday marks 4 years since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – Four years ago Friday, a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando’s SoDo neighborhood, killing 49 people and injuring dozens of others. [READ: 49 bell tolls ring throughout Orlando, 4 years after Pulse nightclub attack | Rainbow emerges during Pulse remembrance ceremony]In 2018, the wounds were reopened when the gunman’s widow stood trial for her alleged role in the terror attack. While June 12, known as Orlando United Day, is usually marked somber gatherings with candles and moments of silence, this year will be different. Poma said even though the community can't gather for the remembrance ceremony, we still need to remember and honor our angels. Regardless of how it is honored, June 12 will be a day Orlandoans will never forget.
Florida representatives push to make Pulse nightclub a National Memorial Site
ORLANDO, Fla. – Democratic Rep. Darren Soto, of Florida, announced Friday that he is submitting legislation to establish the Pulse nightclub as a federally recognized National Memorial Site. The legislation was a combined effort between Soto, along with Florida Representatives Stephanie Murphy and Val Demings. The bill will be brought to the House floor for a vote by the end of June, according to a news release. “I am pleased to announce that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has committed to bringing our bill to the House Floor for a vote before the end of June. According to a new release, the legislation passed by unanimous consent on March 11 in the House Committee on Natural Resources.
49 bell tolls ring throughout Orlando, 4 years after Pulse nightclub attack
ORLANDO, Fla. – On the eve of the fourth year since the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, community members, and churches around the world will honor the lives lost virtually this year. "In the last 4 years, we have seen growth we have seen some change through the acts of love and kindness movement," Robin Maynard-Harris, the leader of the 49 Bells Movement said. Maynard-Harris says in the past three years, about 700 churches from 16 countries have joined the tolling of the 49 bells on June 12th. It will be done through the One Orlando Alliance Facebook page where anyone can watch and share the page on social media. To join the tolling of the 49 bells on Friday, visit the One Orlando Alliance Facebook page and click on the “get reminder” tab.
Lawmakers react to one-year anniversary of Pulse
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida and national lawmakers have come out in support of Orlando and the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, which took place exactly one year ago Monday. Guilty of nothing more than celebrating who they are, 49 Pulse victims lost their lives, and more than 50 others were injured in a horrific act of gun violence." Join me in taking a moment to remember the 49 innocent lives lost one year ago today in the #Orlando terrorist attack. We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting. #OrlandoUnitedDay pic.twitter.com/OFFUVAFBJM — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2017One year later, we honor 49 of our fellow Americans of @pulseorlando and continue to pray for their families.