Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral held a well-attended memorial service for a young gay man on Saturday.
Michael Causer, 18, was seriously injured on 25th July this year in an allegedly homophobic attack.
Despite brain surgery, he died in hospital on Saturday 2nd August.
More than 200 people attended the service at the cathedral, among them local gay politician councillor Steve Radford.
“The service was dignified, sensitive and moving,” he said.
“The Dean of the Cathedral led the whole congregation in a prayer of affirmation to stand against all hate crimes.
“The clear leadership of the Anglican Church against racial, homophobic and all forms of hate crime is to welcomed by all.”
Two teenagers denied the murder of Michael Causer when they appeared at Liverpool Crown Court last month.
James O’Connor from Halton and Gavin Alker from Runcorn, both 19, had previously been charged with causing grevious bodily harm to Mr Causer, who was 18 and from Huyton.
The pair’s trial will begin on January 26th.
18 year old Michael Binstead from Prescot has been charged with perverting the course of justice.
O’Connor and Binstead were granted conditional bail while Alker was remanded in custody.