Pulse Nightclub

Forty nine people died and dozens were injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting two years ago. Not counted in the total are some of the first responders who are now struggling with PTSD after witnessing the scene.

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In the wake of the shooting at Pulse, the community responded in different ways. Some gave blood, some left memorial items and others chose to honor the victims with tattoos. 

At a tattoo studio in downtown Orlando recently, survivor Yvens Carrenard got a tattoo of a woman’s face with a leopard head-dress.

“It’s always going to remind me to be strong, you know, remind to keep fighting, remind me to make my life something, because there were people that were taken away from us for no reason,” said Carrenard.

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The bells of First United Methodist Church rang 49 times as the names of those who died at the Pulse nightclub were read aloud.

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PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor returns to South Florida to co-moderate this year’s Gubernatorial Democratic Primary in the Miramar Cultural Center Monday. Sundial host Luis Hernandez will also moderate the debate. A Miami native, Alcindor joined Sundial to talk about what drives South Florida politics.

A group of Pulse survivors and victims’ families have filed a lawsuit against the night club’s owners.

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Guests for Sundial for Monday, April 2 2018:

The trial of Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter, ended last week in Orlando, Fl. The jury found Salman not guilty in aiding her husband carry out the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens more.

Danielle Prieur, from our sister station WMFE in Orlando, was a part of the team of reporters covering the trial. She joined the program to talk about the reaction to the not guilty verdict and an anonymous statement made by the foreperson which explained how the jury reached their decision.

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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Facebook, Google and Twitter by families of patrons killed in the 2016 Orlando, Florida, nightclub massacre.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge David Lawson found no legal merit for the case filed in December 2016 in Detroit by the families of Tevin Crosby, Juan Ramon Guerrero Jr., Javier Jorge-Reyes and others. They claimed gunman Omar Mateen was radicalized by propaganda found through social media.

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Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse gunman, was found not guilty on all charges.

Salman was charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say she knew about her husband’s plans for the 2016 mass shooting.

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Guests for Sundial on Tuesday, March 27 2018:

It has been almost two years since Omar Mateen opened fire on the dance floor of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,  killing 49 and wounding dozens more. His widow, Noor Salman, is currently on trial facing charges related to her alleged involvement and knowledge of the shooting. 

Reporter Danielle Prieur from our sister station WMFE in Orlando has been covering the trial and called in to share the latest details. 

Breaking Barriers

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The defense has rested its case in the trial of the Pulse gunman’s widow.

Jurors heard from psychologist Bruce Frumkin who testified Noor Salman’s low intelligence and symptoms of mental illness would leave her vulnerable to interrogation strategies.

He says she would be prone to giving a false confession.

Frumkin says Salman’s up to 12-hour interrogation in the hours after the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse that left 49 dead was much longer than most.

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Seddique Mateen, the father of the man behind the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre, worked with the FBI as a confidential informant for more than a decade leading right up to the shooting, according to attorneys for the shooter's widow.

More than a year and a half after Omar Mateen opened fire at an Orlando nightclub, leaving 49 victims dead and ultimately dying himself in a shootout with police, attorneys delivered their opening statements on the sole person charged in the massacre: Mateen's widow, Noor Salman.

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Jury selection got underway Thursday in the trial of the Pulse gunman’s widow.

Noor Salman is accused of knowing about her husband’s plans for the attack that left 49 dead. She denies any involvement in the 2016 mass shooting at the gay nightclub.

Potential jurors were asked about whether news coverage including of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and recent Parkland massacre might influence their impression of the case.

Among those dismissed was a mother of a 7-week-old baby.

Jury selection begins Thursday in the trial of Noor Salman, the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter.

Salman's husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and injured dozens more in a mass shooting on Latin night at the gay club in Orlando, Fla., in 2016. Mateen declared support for ISIS before he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement, ending his three-hour rampage.

Construction will begin to improve a temporary memorial for the 49 people killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando as plans for a permanent museum continue underway.

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