Interim memorial opens for 49 killed at Florida nightclub

Artwork and signatures cover a fence around the Pulse nightclub, scene of a mass shooting, in Orlando, Fla. AP Photo/John Raoux, File.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An interim memorial for the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub in Florida is opening to the public.

The onePULSE Foundation says that the temporary memorial will open at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the site of Pulse nightclub, which has remained closed since the June 2016 shooting.

The club's sign was improved, and a new fence was placed around the nightclub's perimeter. Planning and designing continues for the permanent memorial.

The Orlando nightclub was attacked by gunman Omar Mateen in June 2016. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during a three-hour standoff at the nightclub before he was killed in a shootout with police.

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The Gayly. May 8, 2018. 10:48 a.m. CST.