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Westboro picketers show up at Boston Marathon bombing victim's funeral

10:27 AM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
Firefighters salute as pallbearers carry the casket of Krystle Campbell, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, to St. Joseph Catholic Church for her funeral on April 22, 2013 in Medford, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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USA TODAY staff and wires report

A private funeral was held Monday for Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant worker killed in the last Monday's Boston Marathon attack.

In addition to the mourners, union members and a local motorcycle club showed up to stop a church group from disrupting the funeral.

The Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for picketing famous funerals and public events to promote an anti-gay ideology, was there. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

Teamsters Local 25 President Sean O'Brien says the union members planned to stand in front of protesters to block them from the Campbell family's view.

Wallie Hawkins says his motorcycle club will rev their bikes to drown out protesters.
A memorial service will be held Monday night at Boston University for 23-year-old Lu Lingzi, a graduate student from China.

On Sunday, a memorial was held in Dorchester for Martin Richard, 8, who was also killed in the initial bombings.

Another memorial is planned later this week for Sean Collier, 26, the police officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who was shot and killed.

USA TODAY staff and wires report

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