A church in Colorado canceled the funeral for a young woman because she was a lesbian. Vanessa Collier, 33, was killed on December 30 in Denver when her gun went off as she was cleaning it. When her loved ones gathered to celebrate Collier's life, they were cast out by the church.
Collier's funeral was due to be held at the New Hope Ministries chapel in Lakewood, Colorado, on January 10. A video package that was to be played at the funeral featuring Collier kissing her fiancee, Christina Higley, reports the Denver Channel. Collier's family refused to edit the video and removed the kissing at the request of the church's pastor, Ray Chavez. The funeral had been due to start at 10 a.m., at 10:15 a.m. those at the chapel were told that due to technical difficulties, the funeral was being moved to a nearby funeral home. The Denver Post reports that mourners had to help carry flowers while pallbearers had to put Collier's casket back in the hearse for the drive to the Newcomer Funeral Home.
Here are the images from Collier's tragically short life that you need to see: