Vigil held on Canal Street for victims of Orlando shootings

The LGBT community, its supporters, and even lecturers stood in support of those affected

A vigil was held around Canal Street last night in memory of the victims of the shootings in Orlando, Florida earlier this week, where 49 were killed and 53 were left injured.

Hundreds of people held hands surrounding the Canal Street area to form a human chain that surrounded the whole gay village.

The event got huge support on social media

The event got huge support on social media

Rainbow flags were flown at half mast along the street as a sign of respect for the tragedy and the lives lost, and the same will happen at Manchester town hall, which be lit in rainbow colours.

As can be seen in footage from the event, one woman even sang an acapella rendition of Amazing Grace to the crowds that came out in support.

Manchester’s first openly gay Lord Mayor Carl Austin Behan was there, and told the M.E.N.: “This attack was a hate crime on the LGBT community. Orlando has such a vibrant gay scene and for this to happen there is completely shocking.

“It’s overwhelming and extremely upsetting but so beautiful that everybody has come out today to support our friends and colleagues. I’m so proud of Manchester and our LGBT community.

“I don’t think anyone could have expected such an incredible turnout. This was a community led event which came about simply from a post on social media.”

A video of the vigil can be found here: