Crowd awaits Westboro Baptist protesters at Chattanooga shooting memorial on Lee Hwy.

A crowd of people gather at the Lee Highway memorial for the Chattanooga shooting victims this morning, awaiting protesters from Westboro Baptist Church.

A crowd of people have gathered at the Lee Highway memorial for the Chattanooga shooting victims this morning, awaiting protesters from Westboro Baptist Church.

Messages appearing to originate from the Westboro Baptist Twitter account indicate that the small church plans to picket the funerals of slain servicemembers killed in Chattanooga.

Claiming that God sent the gunman to the military installations in Chattanooga, Westboro Baptist on Saturday indicated that it planned to protest the funerals of the slain Marines and Sailor.

Blaming the killings in part on the acceptance of gay marriage in the U.S., the church said it would protest the funerals "with a helpful message."

In response to one tweet saying that if the church came to Chattanooga it would be sent home, the church called the person a "silly girl."

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