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Pulse Nightclub as Memorial Site Now? Not So, Says Owner

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 09:07 AM

Pulse nightclub in Orlando is not set to reopen as a memorial site, said the owner, and news otherwise is being blamed on a "social media crew," according to the Orlando Sentinel.

A post on the Instagram page of the newly-founded OnePulse Foundation said on Sunday that the gay dance site where 49 people were killed in a terrorist shooting would reopen as a memorial, said the newspaper. The post has since been edited to only say that funds are being raised for a memorial.

Sara Brady, spokeswoman for club owner Barb Poma, told the Sentinel in an email that a "misunderstanding on part of (the) social media crew," caused the misstatement.

The OnePulse Foundation was created by Poma with her attorney Gus Benitez, and Jason Felts, chief executive of a Hollywood movie production company, to raise funds for a memorial and for victims.

"As reported last week, the club remains closed for business but Ms. Poma's desire is that someday a memorial be created at the site," said the edited OnePulse Foundation post.

The OnePulse Foundation set up a place on its website where people can donate to the foundation and the nonprofit posted a message on its Facebook page on how to donate.

OnePulse also announced a fundraiser Aug. 19 at the NeueHouse Hollywood in California, said the Sentinel, and will include "artists, activists, and survivors in a program that honors those taken by the tragedy with live music, speakers, and tributes to the heroes and victims of the Orlando shooting." 

The club has been closed since the June 12 shooting in which a heavily-armed gunman opened fire on patrons. Omar Mateen, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, was killed at the scene by police during a shootout, noted the Daily Beast.

People have placed flowers, candles, and signs in front of the club as a makeshift memorial, noted the Sentinel.

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