Sec­ond an­niver­sary of night­club shoot­ing marked by art, cer­e­mony and lit­i­ga­tion

49 peo­ple were mas­sa­cred at a gay night­club in Or­lando on June 13, 2016

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OR­LANDO, Fla.—sur­vivors and vic­tims’ rel­a­tives are mark­ing the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the Pulse night­club shoot­ing with a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony, a run, art ex­hibits and lit­i­ga­tion.

Ahead of Tues­day’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the mas­sacre of 49 peo­ple at the gay night­club, some sur­vivors and vic­tims’ rel­a­tives have sued the Or­lando Po­lice De­part­ment and the own­ers of the night­club.

The fed­eral law­suit against the po­lice and city of Or­lando was filed last Thurs­day and it claims po­lice of­fi­cers should have acted more ag­gres­sively to stop the shooter. The state law­suit against Pulse own­ers Bar­bara and Rosario Poma was filed Fri­day and it says the night­club had in­ad­e­quate se­cu­rity.

The Po­mas said in a state­ment that they hadn’t seen the law­suit and that the fo­cus this week should be on heal­ing.

“We ask that ev­ery­one keep the fo­cus where it be­longs as we pre­pare for this Re­mem­brance Week,” the Po­mas said.

In a state­ment, the Or­lando Po­lice De­part­ment said their of­fi­cers and other law en­force­ment of­fi­cers did every­thing they could to save as many lives as pos­si­ble.

In the run-up to the an­niver­sary, the par­ents of mur­dered gay col­lege stu­dent Matthew Shep­ard spoke in Or­lando, a “rain­bow run” was held in a park near the night­club and a play was pro­duced based on the in­ter­views of Pulse sur­vivors and those around the world who re­sponded to the tragedy.

On Tues­day, bells will be rung 49 times at a church in down­town Or­lando and a re­mem­brance ser­vice will be held at the night­club, where a planned me­mo­rial is in de­vel­op­ment. Forty-nine rib­bons will be hung out­side City Hall, an ex­hibit on the tragedy is be­ing held at the Or­ange County His­tory Cen­ter and a rain­bow flag will be hung from the Or­ange County Ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. The sec­ond an­niver­sary of the Pulse night­club mass shoot­ing will take place on Tues­day, June 12.

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