Hundreds Shield Bombing Funeral From Westboro Protest

Westboro Baptist Church stays away from Krystle Campbell's funeral

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 22, 2013 4:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – As hundreds of mourners arrived at a church in Medford, Massachusetts, to pay their respects to 29-year-old Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell, hundreds more gathered across the street to protect the funeral from a protest threatened by the Westboro Baptist Church. Teamsters Local 25 brought over 200 union members to act as a human shield, while other unaffiliated citizens also came to lend a hand after news of the potential protest spread online, reports the Boston Globe. No one from the Westboro Baptist Church showed.

An honor guard from area Fire Departments salutes as pallbearers carry the casket of Boston Marathon bomb victim Krystle Campbell, 29, out of St. Joseph's Church after her funeral in Medford, Mass.
An honor guard from area Fire Departments salutes as pallbearers carry the casket of Boston Marathon bomb victim Krystle Campbell, 29, out of St. Joseph's Church after her funeral in Medford, Mass.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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