A vigil will be held in Liverpool this evening to mark the third anniversary of the death of gay teenager Michael Causer.

The 18-year-old hairdresser died in hospital in August 2008 after being punched and kicked.

Although a witness testified that anti-gay abuse was shouted while Michael was attacked, a judge said the killing had not been motivated by homophobia.

James O’Connor was jailed for a minimum of 11 years for his murder.

Outcry over Michael’s death and the following trial led to Liverpool’s first Pride festival in more than a decade.

His friends and family will gather in Temple Court, Temple Street off Victoria Street this evening at 7.30pm.

Leading figures from the local gay community will also attend to discuss efforts to tackle homophobia.

Liverpool Pride takes place on Saturday.