Looking back on the Pulse Nightclub Massacre 5 years later

Some 49 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the crowded Orlando nightclub.
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It's been five years since the massacre at the pulse flight club in Orlando. 49 kills that night, but the pain still raw for many there and for the greater lgbtq community. ABC's elwyn Lopez is in Orlando. Reporter: Tonight, 49 names read one by one, for the lives brutally taken away in one of the country's deadliest mass shootings. It was five years ago when a gunman opened fire inside the crowded pulse nightclub in Orlando. What do you think has changed since the shooting? It took -- I'm sorry. Reporter: No. It's hard because they sacrificed their lives so we could be here today. And people can accept us better. Reporter: Neema bahrami was the manager on duty, surviving the attack in a place that, prior to that night, was home to so many of the lgbtq community. We were there in a safe place where we could be anybody who we wanted to be without judgment. And that's what pulse was about. Reporter: Barbara Poma is the club's owner. I think to the outside world, five years is a landmark, I guess, because of the number. But for people who are living it every day or directly affected, five years isn't that long. Reporter: She's also the founder of the onepulse foundation, working to keep the legacies of those killed alive. The families were able to designate those scholarships in exactly what they wanted it to be. Reporter: She recently announced a second round of scholarships in honor of the 49 killed and their families. Amanda Alvear had always wanted to become a nurse, but she hadn't yet achieved that. And so her scholarship is a nursing scholarship. It is truly, really creating great legacies. Reporter: Whit, the memorial here at pulse continues to grow by the minute. And just today, president Biden announced he will designate the nightclub as a national memorial. The president calling this hallowed ground. Whit? Elwyn Lopez, our thanks to you tonight.

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