NUTLEY, NJ - A group of a dozen township residents gathered on the lawn of the Nutley Public Library Wednesday night to hold a candlelight vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The group read, with only the light from their candles, the names of the 30 known victims in the United States this year. The list of victims included their names, the date of their killing, where they were killed, and how they were killed.

At the end of the vigil, Maya Angelou's poem "Human Family" was read. The poem ends with: 

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I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

 

The vigil was one of thousands taking place across the country and around the world held to remember the victims of transphobic hate.