A GROUP of 49 people dressed as angels surrounded the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Monday.

A year after the shootings took place, the angels dressed in white and wore wings to surround the club as part of an early-morning vigil for the victims, USA Today has reported.

Several vigils have been held at the site of the club for the anniversary of the anti-LGBTI massacre, the worst mass shooting in US history.

On the same day, the city of Atlanta announced that four rainbow crossings will be permanently installed on its streets, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“Today, on the anniversary of this horrific event, we remember those whose lives were lost and those that were forever changed,” said mayor Kasim Reed.

“Our thought and prayers were with you then, and they remain with you today.”

Reed said symbols of unity matter, and the new crosswalks will be a permanent feature in the city, in the Midtown area that is a hub for the LGBTI community.

“We must never forget that love defeats hate, and light defeats the darkness,” he said.

The rainbow crossings came about from a petition from 20,000 people asking the city to permanently paint at least one city crossing with the rainbow or trans flags.

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