Hundreds flood Vancouver art gallery for Black Lives Matter vigil (PHOTOS)

Jul 11 2016, 9:26 pm

The Vancouver chapter of activist group Black Lives Matter held a vigil at the art gallery on Sunday afternoon, and hundreds of people turned up to show their support.

The vigil came as a result of the deaths of two black men – Alton Sterling and Philando Castile – in the United States at the hands of police officers. Castile was shot in front of his four-year-old daughter and his girlfriend during a routine traffic stop, and the whole thing was caught on video.

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The Facebook event page for the vigil paints a grim picture of what life is like for black people in North America.

“In 2015, 102 unarmed Black people were murdered by police officers,” reads the event’s description. “Of these deaths, 10 resulted in a successful trial and 1 officer received jail time. 135 unarmed Black people have been murdered by police so far in 2016.”

Vancouverites united on Sunday in the wake of these tragedies. Here are 14 photos of Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

This made our hearts smile #blacklivesmatter #blacklivesmattervancouver PC. Karla Lottini

A photo posted by Black Lives Matter Vancouver (@blm_van) on

#blacklivesmatter #blacklivesmattervancouver #idlenomore #indigenouspeople #solidarity

A photo posted by Beeridget (@henrythehuck) on

#blacklivesmattervancouver #blacklivesmatter

A photo posted by Rose Stiffarm (@rosestiffarm) on

today we were thousands and i can sleep soundly in the warm arms of my city #blacklivesmattervancouver photo by @tanyatrip

A photo posted by cicely belle (@cicelybelle_xo) on

#BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterVancouver #SayTheirNames

A photo posted by @kaaayaye on

#blacklivesmatter #blacklivesmattervancouver

A photo posted by coralie (@coralily16) on

Incredible turnout for today’s #blmvan demonstration and vigil

A photo posted by Ashley Milbury (@purlpoet) on

Solidarity. #MLK #MartinLutherKingJr #BLMVan #BlackLivesMatter

A photo posted by Sophia (@sengsuriya) on

#blacklivesmatter #blacklivesmattervancouver

A photo posted by Morgan Brayton (@morganbrayton) on

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