Orlando to buy Pulse nightclub, turn it into memorial

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work at the Pulse nightclub following a fatal shooting, in Orlando, Fla. Two government officials familiar with the Orlando shooting say FBI investigators have so far not turned up persuasive evidence that the gunman was pursuing gay relationships. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work at the Pulse nightclub following a fatal shooting, in Orlando, Fla. Two government officials familiar with the Orlando shooting say FBI investigators have so far not turned up persuasive evidence that the gunman was pursuing gay relationships. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The city of Orlando, Florida, has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history into a memorial.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city has reached a deal to buy the gay nightclub for $2.25 million.

Dyer says the site should probably remain as-is for the next 12 to 18 months, as it has become a gathering place for mourners.

He says the city will reach out to the community for advice on how plans for the memorial should proceed.

The purchase price is $600,000 more than its appraised value.

The June 12 attack left 49 people dead and 53 wounded. Gunman Omar Mateen was killed by SWAT team members.

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