Human shield formed in Medford to thwart Westboro Baptist Church funeral protest
About 500 people turned out at the funeral of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell in Medford on Monday to thwart a possible protest by members of the radical and controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
Despite threats on Twitter, church members did not show up.
The funeral started at 11 a.m., but according to spectators at the scene, people started lining up before 9 a.m. The human shield was organized by the Local Teamsters, who put out a call on Twitter.
The Kansas church is known for staging protests at highly publicized events, including funerals, to draw attention to their views. The announcement of the protest was met with threats of violence if church members were to picket Monday’s proceedings.
Campbell was one of three people to be killed at last week’s Boston Marathon bombings on Bolyston Street. She was 29 years old.