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Gallery | Hundreds join Pridelines gay youths for Lincoln Road vigil against suicide and bullying

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BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Hundreds of gay people and allies came to Lincoln Road in Miami Beach Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil to promote LGBTQ Teen Suicide Awareness.

The vigil was planned and organized by Alex Febres, 18, a Miami Dade College student and youth treasurer of Pridelines Youth Services of Miami.

Febres originally wanted to plan a vigil for Matthew Shepard, the gay young man slain 12 years ago in Wyoming. Then Febres heard of the gay youths who've killed themselves recently.

"After I looked up all the information about gay bullying, I realized a lot of kids had committed suicide,'' Febres said. "I thought I should do [the vigil] for all the kids."

Among the attendees who spoke: Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower; Vice Mayor Jorge Exposito; Michael Gongora, the Beach's first openly gay commissioner; and Police Chief Carlos Noriega.

Similar rallies were held throughout the day in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff. Click the photo above to view a gallery of pictures from the event.

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