The tiny fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church announced over the weekend that it would picket the Monday funeral of 29-year-old Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell. The church is celebrating the bomb attacks as God's wrath.
As with other Westboro funeral protests, there's expected to be an attempt to prevent the church from getting near the Medford, Mass., funeral service.
Teamsters Local 25 President Sean O'Brien asked off-duty members of the 11,000-member group to join efforts to "form a human shield and block the Westboro Baptist Church."
"Westboro Baptist Church should understand that we will go to great lengths to make sure they don't protest any funerals of the victims of the past week's tragedies, and that those we lost receive a proper burial," O'Brien said.
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) April 16, 2013
A Sunday wake for Campbell at Medford's Dello Russo Funeral Home was guarded by "hundreds" of bikers against a possible Westboro picket, the New York Daily News reports.
Westboro said in its Saturday press release that it intends to picket the funeral from 9:15 to 10 a.m. Monday.
"Antichrist Rebel-in-chief Barack Obama comforted you in the sin of same-sex marriage when he announced his support for it," the church said. "He is chiefly to blame for bringing down the wrath of God on Boston, on Massachusetts and on USA. He vows that those responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombs would feel the full weight of justice. Hello, Mr. Pervert-in-chief! GOD SENT THE BOMBS!"
It added: "WBC will remind you at every opportunity that God is your enemy & fights against you! THANK GOD FOR THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBS!"
— Dave Cutler (@CutlerDave) April 22, 2013
Bombs, many bombs blowin' up, tear u, killin' u...u've been inclined to pretend God never would but u know..Sweet Judgment time @teamsters
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) April 22, 2013
In a tearful statement to reporters the day after last Monday's bomb attacks, Campbell's mother said: "Krystle Marie, she was a wonderful person. Everybody that knew her loved her. She loved her dogs. ... She had a heart of gold. She was always smiling. You couldn't ask for a better daughter. I can't believe this has happened. ... This doesn't make any sense."
In addition to Campbell, 8-year-old Richard Martin and Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu were killed in the bombing. The Boston Globe reports that a memorial will be held for Lu around 7 p.m. Monday at the university's campus. The Globe reports that Campbell's funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. service at Medford's St. Joseph Church.
The church also plans to picket a Wednesday memorial service for MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, who was shot and killed late Thursday night by bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.