Hundreds of 'angels' show up at an Orlando victim's funeral to keep anti-gay protesters out 5 years ago

Hundreds of 'angels' show up at an Orlando victim's funeral to keep anti-gay protesters out

It has been one week since the tragic shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando.

The funerals of the 49 victims are now taking place across America.

Advertisement

Obviously, with the amount of hurt and sadness already caused by the shooting, it is important that the funerals are as peaceful as possible.

When the funeral of one of the victims, Christopher Leinonen, took place on Saturday, mourners were surrounded by a ring of guardian angels, according to SFGate.com.

Hundreds of LGBT activists vowed to dress up as angels with large wings to protect funeral goers. The angels also wore large wings which acted as a shield.

This was a precaution to keep members of the Westboro Baptist Church away from the funeral. The Christian fundamentalist group have protested at funerals of LGBT people in the past holding homophobic signs with messages such as 'God hates Fags' and 'Fags are doomed'.

When the Westboro Baptist Church announced that it would be picketing at the funeral of the innocent people killed in the shooting, over 200 people showed up in counter-protest.

When a small few of the hateful group did show up, they were blocked out by the angel's shields.

Advertisement