(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Pulse nightclub in Orlando has been released back to its owner, a little over a month after the June 12 mass shooting there that killed 49 people.
Pulse owner Barbara Poma said in a statement that Wednesday “is a bittersweet day.”
“None of us will ever understand why this unspeakable event happened at Pulse, which was always intended to be a safe place for the LGBT community,” Poma said.
“We continue to be grateful for the efforts of law enforcement as well as the love and support we have received from our Orlando community and the world. While we currently remain uncertain about our specific next steps, we can now begin to move forward and make plans for the future of Pulse,” Poma said.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Orlando Police Department had control of the nightclub after the shooting. While Pulse is no longer in FDLE and Orlando police custody, the investigation by the FBI and the FDLE is ongoing.
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