Video Shows Man Setting Fire to Memorial for Those Killed in Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Video footage released on Saturday shows a man setting fire to a temporary memorial for victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.

The video, captured on October 12 and posted on Facebook by the onePULSE Foundation, shows a man in a wheelchair approaching one of the outdoor memorial's walls.

The man appears to set fire to a banner on the wall using a lighter, and as the blaze grows, he leaves the premises. The fire burns for several minutes, appearing contained to one section of the wall. At the end video, which lasts about 18 minutes, the fire has died down and someone approaches the memorial to stomp out a remaining flame.

In its Facebook post, the onePULSE Foundation wrote that on "October 12 around 8:30 p.m. EST, an individual damaged our offering wall."

"Three Angel banners were burned along with other items within the affected area," the organization wrote, urging those who might know the man in the video to contact the Orlando Police Department.

Newsweek reached out to the department for comment and updates on its investigation, but did not hear back before publication on Sunday evening.

Forty-nine people were killed and many others were injured during the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub, on June 12, 2016.

In its Facebook post, the onePULSE Foundation describes the display that was vandalized last month as an "interim memorial."

The organization says on its website that it "was established to create a sanctuary of hope following the tragic day in American history—Sunday, June 12, 2016—to honor the 49 Angels that were taken, the 68 others who were injured and the countless first responders and healthcare professionals who treated them."

"This fund is intended to support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes and legacy scholarships that open doors," the organization writes.

Man Sets Fire to Pulse Nightclub Memorial
Video footage released on Saturday shows a man setting fire to a temporary memorial for the of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Above, people visit a memorial in Orlando for those killed, days after the shooting occurred in 2016. Spencer Platt

The incident last month isn't the first time a memorial for the tragic mass shooting has been vandalized.

In May of 2020, a memorial mural for the Pulse shooting was defaced when a logo for Pulse nightclub in the middle of the display was covered by a sticker from the Patriot Front. The Southern Poverty Law Center categorizes the Patriot Frong as a "white nationalist hate group."

The memorial mural was located on an outside wall of The Center, an Orlando LGBTQ advocacy organization.