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.


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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