But, on Saturday, members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church arrived in Orlando to picket the services - the fundamentalist church have previously protested at the funerals of US soldiers and have condemned Ireland for
The Kansas-based extremist group had announced their intention on Twitter that they planned to attend with anti-gay signs and offensive chants - they see last week’s attack on the gay nightclub as a sign from god.
But there were those who were determined not to let them disrupt the services.
Members of the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre Company arrived dressed as angels and used their 8ft wings to shield mourners from the small number of protestors.
Demonstrators also sang ’Amazing Grace’ and the American national anthem to drown out the picketers’ chanting.
The Westboro members eventually left, to cheers from the angels and the onlookers.