A CROWD of LGBTI supporters wearing angel wings joined forces to stop anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) from picketing the funeral of 31-year-old Orlando shooting victim Christopher Leinonen.

The crowd erupted in cheers when the Orlando police eventually escorted WBC away from the funeral on Saturday, June 18.

 Leinonen, 32, and his boyfriend Juan Guerrero lost their lives when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in Orlando gay club Pulse in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

Members of the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre Company decided to come together to block the WBC protesters at the funeral after it was announced on social media that they would picket it.

The thoughtful group created 2.4m angel wings to block the hateful protesters from the view of Leinonen’s grieving family.

Despite the severity of the attack, four gun measures failed to pass the US senate on on Monday.

Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others when he opened fire in Pulse nightclub. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a gunman in the US and the deadliest attack against LGBTI people.

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