Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old Medford native, was laid to rest Tuesday, but not without controversy. A protest threatened by the Westboro Baptist Church was met by over 200 union members from Teamsters Local 25 and many unaffiliated citizens ready to assist, according to the Boston Globe.
Westboro Baptist Church put out a press release last week which said that “God sent the bombs” and that they would “picket the funerals of those killed by the bombing in Boston.” The release blasted Massachusetts for being the first state to pass same-sex legislation.
The release was posted on Twitter, and received a response from ‘Anonymous’.
Hundreds turned out for the service, overflowing the church, with many more outside, the Globe reported.
When a funeral director announced late this morning that the building was filled to capacity, at least 200 people, some carrying flowers, were still in line.
Meanwhile, hundreds more were across the street, among them more than 200 union members, organized by Teamsters Local 25, to form a human shield against a protest that never materialized from the Westboro Baptist Church.
“It was a beautiful outpouring of support for her family,” Rev. Chip Hines told the Globe afterward. “Medford really came through for her family, Medford and beyond. There were people who didn’t know Krystle and her family, and they just felt they had to be there as Americans, really, and offer condolences.”
No one from the Westboro Baptist Church showed.
H/T: Joe Pags Radio
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