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Orlando shooting: 'Angels' block Westboro Baptist Church protestors from victims' funerals

The Independent logo The Independent 19/06/2016 Siobhan Fenton

Hundreds of people have dressed as angels to protect mourners at funerals of victims of the Orlando shooting from homophobic protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church.

The Christian fundamentalist organisation are picketing the funerals with signs containing messages such as ‘God Hates Fags’ and are well known for protesting funeral ceremonies of LGBT people.

Around 200 counter protestors have formed a ring around the funerals, with many wearing large white wings in order to block the church members from seeing or interacting with the mourners.

© Provided by Independent Print Limited 49 people died when Omar Mateen entered Pulse nightclub in Orlando and began shooting people with a Sig Sauer MCX gun.

More than 50 people were also seriously wounded in the attack. Mateen was killed in crossfire with police officers at the scene.

The nightclub is a well-known gay club in the Orlando area and most of the victims were members of the local LGBT community.

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