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Pulse Nightclub massacre remembered locally, nationally

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - It's been one year since a shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando killed 49 people and on Monday, the world remembered the victims.

Around 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016, gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside the popular Florida gay club.

He gunned down 49 people and injured many more.

Mateen then holed up inside the building and kept police at bay for more than three hours until he was shot and killed.

The club has remained closed but outside has become a memorial with thousands flocking to Orlando to pay their respects.

A vigil was also held at Stonewall Lehigh Valley on Monday night.

"We're marking today and honoring the victims with action. We're calling for action to end gun violence targeting vulnerable communities," said Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown.



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