View attachment 78936 A few ‘angels’ turned up to defend an Orlando victim’s funeral against Westboro Church protesters. The Kansas-based anti-gay movement had hoped to disrupt the procession of Christopher Leinonen, who was killed when suspected Islamist terrorist Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida. But members of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater used large ‘angel wings,’ measuring eight feet wide and reaching three feet over shoulder height, to block them yesterday. View attachment 78937 The wings, made of white cloth and plastic piping by volunteers from the theatre’s costume and set shops, first surfaced at the 1998 funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay man murdered in Wyoming. There were also tense scenes at the funeral of another victim, Jean Carlos Mendez in Kissimmee. Two Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies on motorcycles were injured during the procession when a driver cut through the cortege and struck them with her car.