Harambe Candlelight Vigil to take place in Sheffield park tonight

Around 1700 people are expected to turn out tonight at Weston Park in Sheffield for a candlelight vigil in honour of Harambe the gorilla.

Harambe was shot at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens in May this year after a three-year-old boy fell into his enclosure.

Although the boy was not harmed, zoo keepers feared for his safety and shot Harambe.

Since then, the gorilla has received worldwide media attention. Some attention has come from the controversial nature of the shooting, however much of it is down to internet memes of the gorilla.

Memes are defined as images or videos of a humorous nature that usually go viral online.

Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, told the press: “”We are not amused by the memes, petitions and signs about Harambe.

“Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more difficult for us.”

Thomas Dabbs, a Sheffield student who will be attending the vigil tonight said: “Harambe’s legacy has endured for months.

“I think it’s important for us to at least make fun of an event which was done for a ‘greater good’ but was still quite depressing.”

Nick Burke, creator of the event, added to the Facebook page: “It seems this humble event of mourning has become bigger than all of us.

“It is time for us all to come and show our support.”

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