Activists held a vigil Friday night for victims of violence in the DC LGBT community.

The vigil was prompted by the recent murders of two transgender women – Zoe Spears and Ashanti Carmon – as well as multiple other violent assaults, as reported by Washington Blade.

Spears and Carmon reportedly knew eachother but were killed in seemingly unrelated incidents.

Photos by Alejandro Alvarez:

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Speakers included (quoted directly from the group’s program):

“Opening Prayers from:
Bishop Allyson Abrams, Empowerment Liberation Cathedral
Rev. Elder Dyan Akosua, Unity Fellowship Church of DC

Performance from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC

Voices of Survivors:
Gisselle Flores
Charmaine Eccles, Casa Ruby
Other Survivors

Calls to Action:
Rick Rosendall, Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance
Ashley Smith, Human Rights Campaign and Capital Pride
Christopher Massicotte, Victory Fund
Randy and Monika, DC Rainbow Caucus

Main Remarks:
Earline Budd, HIPS DC
Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby

Closing Prayer:
Alex Dyer, St. Thomas’ Parish Episcopal Church”