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Crews finish rainbow crosswalk near nightclub where 49 died

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

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.

The Florida Department of Transportation also approved the crosswalk.

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Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during a three-hour standoff at the nightclub before he was killed in a shootout with police officers in June 2016.

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It was the worst mass shooting in modern US history until Oct. 1, when Stephen Paddock killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

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