Candlelight vigil held on the Plaza for Transgender Day of Remembrance

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dozens of people gathered on the plaza on Sunday to show their support for the transgender community.

The group came together to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance. FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush spoke with participants at the J.C. Nichols Fountain.

The bags and candles laid at the fountain were left to represent the lives of transgender people whose lives have been lost over the years.

Sunday night, the group read out loud the names of hundreds of transgender people who have been killed over the years across the world. Organizers said every year, the number of transgender murders goes up in number.

The Human Rights Campaign tracked at least 21 deaths of transgender people due to violence in 2015, the most ever recorded. The advocacy group said 2016 has already reached that number.

They said Sunday's vigil wasn't just to pay respect to the lives lost, they're also aiming to spread awareness about the violence that transgender people face.

"Every single day when trans people wake up in the morning, we when walk through the world we're exposed to violence, because violence comes in many different forms, right, and different levels," said event organizer Ash Allee. "So from something that's just a basic discrimination to like a misgendering someone, or just kind of like the everyday occurrences that people might not even think about."

It took the group more than 30 minutes to get through the list of victims' names. They also sang a song in their honor.

Organizers said there are a lot of ways that people can get involved in the LGBTQ community across the metro.

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