A Día De Los Muertos celebration, being held in Boyle Heights for the second consecutive year this weekend, will honor slain LGBTQ community members who died due to gun violence.

Mi Centro started its “Calavera” last year after the mass shooting  at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. The shooter at the Pulse night club killed 49 people and injured 58 others when he opened fire on June 12 last year.  “Calavera” will also remember “transgender members of our community who have died through criminal acts as a result of homophobia and transphobia,” the event description reads.

Día De Los Muertos is a holiday meant to honor and celebrate the dead.

Mi Centro is expecting to welcome over 200 people to the fundraising event with music, food, drinks, and dancing. Crafts will be sold and there will be free face-painting from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The event happens Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and the event is open to all members of the community. All proceeds benefit LGBTQ youth program and services.

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Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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