A gay club in Orlando, Florida, that was targeted exactly five years ago in a bloody terror attack, becomes a national memorial. The Pulse nightclub is sacred ground, according to US president Joe Biden in a statement.
Biden stressed that it was the deadliest attack on the so-called LGBTI community in American history, and at the time the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman.
The attack killed 49 people, mostly young people. “Within minutes, the Pulse nightclub, which had long been a place of acceptance and joy, turned into a place of unspeakable pain and loss,” Biden said.
The perpetrator was a Muslim who claimed to be acting in the name of the Islamic State terror movement. The motives are not clear to this day. The police shot him.