Photos: Thousands March in Memorial of Hate Crime Victim

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    Last night, New Yorkers came together to mourn the death of 32-year-old Mark Carson, a gay man who was shot in the head this weekend in Greenwich Village; the victim of an alleged hate crime. Crowds gathered at the LGBT Center on West 13th and marched to 8th Street and Sixth Avenue, the location of the shooting, where a rally/vigil was held to memorialize Mr. Carson and express the outrage of the city’s denizens.

  • Marchers make their way to a makeshift shrine where Mark Carson was shot in a 2013 hate crime. (TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Marchers make their way throught the West Village to make their way to the spot where a makeshift shrine is set on the location where Mark Carson, 32, a gay man, was shot dead in what police are calling a hate crime in Greenwich Village in New York, May 20, 2013. A suspect identified as Elliot Morales, 33, was arrested on a charge of second degree murder after he used homophobic slurs before firing a fatal shot point-blank into a Carson's face overnight May 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Protestors were joined by Christine Quinn, the first openly council speaker, as well as Edie Windsor, the ead plantiff in the Supreme Court case against the antigay Defense of Marriage Act.

  • At the makeshift shrine near the shooting location.

  • NYPD has upped their presence in the area since Friday, according to The New York Daily News.

  • Mark Carson was allegedly shot by 33-year-old Elliot Morales, who had been harassing people on the street that evening.

  • Mr. Carson's death was part of a slew of homophobic attacks the city has seen in the past month, reports The Village Voice.

  • "The family would like to have justice be served, so that Mark's death is not in vain," Mr. Carson's aunt, Flourine Bompars, told those assembled at the rally.

  • Police say that this year's number of hate crimes so far--22--is up from last year's 15 in the same amount of time.

  • With Gay Pride Month coming up on June 1st, Mr. Carson's death reminds us how far we still need to go to create a community of equality and tolerance.

  • Glennda Testone, Executive Director of the LGBT Center, addressed the crowd: “We have always been a community that takes care of each other. Sometimes when no one else will. We’ll continue to do that. We will continue to show up for each other. There are hundreds of us here tonight, but the truth is, that there are five hundred thousand LGBT people who come to New York because they want to live openly. They want to be who they are, they want to love, and they should be able to do that. They should be able to do that on any street, any avenue, any neighborhood in this great city that we all love…the violence we’ve seen in recent weeks is a reminder. It’s a reminder that political and legal gains do not always necessarily translate immediately to the street, to every street, and to every person. This is a reminder. It’s why we need to stay united, it’s why we need our voices to be strong, and we can’t go back. We are here today not only to mourn the loss of our community, not only to take back some of our power, and to take back that sense of safety, but we are here together, as one, to create a strong voice that says we will not be threatened, we will not be harrassed, we will not be taunted, and we will not be killed because of who we are and who we love.”