Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Saturday that they plan to picket a prayer vigil for victims of the Aurora massacre. A "wall of love" was formed on Sunday to keep the Wesboro church members from the vigil, but they failed to show up.
KMVT.com reports the vigil was held to remember the victims of Friday's movie theater shooting. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas tweeted they plan to attend the event. The Huffington Post reports that tweets from members of the church said they plan to "super picket" the candle-lit prayer service, saying "God is at work in Colorado."
The Inquistr reports that Phelps Jr.’s posts were re-tweeted by other church members. Phelps Jr. tweeted that members were already "gassing up the cars for the 500 mile trip" to the protest.
Deborah Wilson, writing on Open Salon, reports that members of the Aurora community launched a "Colorado Rises" campaign on Reddit and Facebook to form what they called a "wall of love" around the memorial service to block the group from getting close. According to KMVT, by Sunday mourners had linked arms to form a wall around the community vigil.
The Huffington Post reports Westboro Church member Fred Phelps Jr., tweeted that the efforts would be in vain. Phelps tweeted: @WBCFredJr WBC in Colorado to conquer yet another "wall", just like yesterday in Columbia. #andthewallcametumblingdown! http://t.co/NeTmqnfg.
According to Open Salon, members of the Westboro Baptist Church were rumored to have arrived in Colorado on Sunday to disrupt the memorial and vigil. On Sunday, the human wall was formed but the members of the church did not show up. People, however, remained in the formation till the vigil ended.
This is not the first time the Westboro Baptist Church has been known to announce visits that never materialize, The Inquisitr reports. Members of the church picket military funerals and other events to protest against homosexuality with signs such as "God Hates fags" and "God hates America."