MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Legislation is being introduced that would designate Orlando’s Pulse nightclub a national memorial.
Pulse is the gay nightclub where 49 people were massacred three years ago by a supporter of ISIS, the Islamic State.READ MORE: 'Makes Americans More Free': Dana Zzyym Issued 1st U.S. Passport With Gender X Designation
U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy said Monday at a ceremony outside the former nightclub that the designation will preserve and protect Pulse nightclub for future generations and give it the federal recognition it deserves.
Pulse owner Barbara Poma has established a nonprofit to open a memorial and museum at the site.READ MORE: Fallen Hollywood Police Officer Yandy Chirino To Be Honored With US Honor Flag
Monday’s ceremony was interrupted briefly by the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, who was killed at the nightclub. Christine Leinonen began shouting at Poma when she came to the speaker’s podium.
Afterward, Leinonen says she blames Poma for inadequate security at the nightclub.MORE NEWS: Florida Sues Biden Over 'Unlawful Vaccine Mandate'
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