Orlando marks 6-month anniversary of nightclub massacre

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., following the a mass shooting. Audio recordings of 911 calls released Tuesday, Aug. 30, by the Orange County Sheriff's Office show mounting frustration by friends and family members who were texting, calling and video-chatting with trapped patrons of the Pulse nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire in June. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Survivors, staff and family members of victims who were killed during the Orlando nightclub massacre are gathering outside Pulse to mark the six-month anniversary of the rampage.

They are gathering in the early hours Monday for a moment of silence at 2:02 a.m., the exact time gunman Omar Mateen started shooting inside the gay nightclub.

The early-morning memorial at Pulse is not open to the public but just those with a direct connection to the shooting.

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Later in the day, local officials are organizing a memorial service at the Orange County Regional History Center.

The names of each of the 49 patrons who were killed will be read.

Dozens of others were seriously injured in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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