published Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Call to support Knoxville soldier's family draws hundreds outside funeral home

People show their support for the family of Shan Edward Lively near Rose Mortuary on Broadway on Thursday. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Westboro, Kansas, had indicated that they would be there to protest the funeral, as they have for other soldiers' funerals. (Michael Patrick/News Sentinel)
People show their support for the family of Shan Edward Lively near Rose Mortuary on Broadway on Thursday. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Westboro, Kansas, had indicated that they would be there to protest the funeral, as they have for other soldiers' funerals. (Michael Patrick/News Sentinel)
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

KNOXVILLE — Spurred by social media calls to act, hundreds of people turned out this morning to show their support for the family of a Knoxville soldier whose funeral is today in North Knoxville.

A crowd 10- and 15-people deep gathered on the sidewalks outside Rose Mortuary on Broadway. A number of Knoxville Police Department officers were on the scene as well.

Calls to support Shan Edward Lively's family swelled this week on Facebook and other websites once word spread that members of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based group that stages controversial protests outside military funerals, might show up at Lively's funeral.

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