Hundreds gather outside of Supreme Court to mark passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - A massive crowd gathered outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. on Friday night following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ginsburg died at 87 of metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to the court. She was the oldest sitting member.
In July, she had announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the latest of her several battles with cancer.
READ MORE: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice, dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
Flags were lowered to half-staff to honor Ginsburg's legacy outside of the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol building Friday.
FOX 5's Josh Rosenthal and photojournalist Craig Little report that a quiet, somber crowd of hundreds is currently growing by the minute outside of the Supreme Court building.
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Many visitors left flowers, candles, notes and drawings on the Supreme Court steps to honor Ginsburg's life.
They also broke into applause every few minutes to honor her legacy.
FOX 5 photojournalist Ama Arthur-Asmah says three supporters of President Donald Trump went to the media staging area outside of the Supreme Court and said "this is a good day in America."
Many in the crowd then yelled for them to "go home" and began chanting "RBG."
"I am amazed at how quickly people organize. Posters, flowers and candlelit shrines are all over the Supreme Court steps. The impact of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing is hitting people hard," Arthur-Asmah later tweeted while crowds remained gathered on the steps near midnight Friday.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
“We have lost a champion of justice, an icon and patriot, a woman who lived the concept of building a more perfect union. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for us until the very end, and it is that fighting spirit – that we were fortunate as a nation to benefit from time and time again – that made us love, respect, and admire her. Tonight, we are heartbroken. We are grateful for one life lived so fiercely that it forever changed the lives of millions. We send our condolences to Justice Ginsburg’s family and loved ones and to a nation already in mourning, trying once again to fathom a monumental and devastating loss.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.