Orlando mass shooting: Pulse nightclub will be rebuilt as a tribute, owner says

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ORLANDO — The owner of the Orlando nightclub where dozens of people were massacred says her club will be rebuilt as a tribute and will honor those who were killed, wounded or left grieving.

Barbara Poma said on Tuesday morning that she “will not let hate win” in the aftermath of the shootings.

Poma said she named the club Pulse in honor of her brother, who died from AIDS in 1991. The name was a way of keeping his heartbeat alive. She wanted Pulse to be “a safe place” for the gay community.

She says the club will be rebuilt as a tribute to the people who lost their lives, as well as the survivors and their relatives.

She also says she can’t stop imagining the terror felt by those inside the nightclub amid the killing.