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Crews Finish Rainbow Crosswalk Near Nightclub Where 49 Died

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Crews have completed a rainbow-colored crosswalk near a gay nightclub in Florida where a gunman killed 49 people.

News outlets report that the crosswalk became reality early Wednesday. Thousands of people signed a petition asking the city of Orlando for a colorful memorial to the victims on the street just south of Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The Florida Department of Transportation also approved the crosswalk.

Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during a three-hour standoff at the nightclub before he was killed in a shoot-out with police officers in June 2016. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history until Oct. 1, when Stephen Paddock killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

Check out a time-lapse video of the crosswalk below.

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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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