Hundreds of people with various veterans organizations and community groups showed up to create a ‘wall’ at High on the Rise Church Thursday afternoon. They planned to block any protesters who might show up outside the funeral for Umpqua Community College shooting victim Jason Johnson.
The group, which lined the road and held up American flags as passing cars honked in support, was joined by member of the UCC community.
“This is typical Roseburg,” said Dona Nibbs, who joined the ‘wall’. “We take care of our own.”
Johnson, 33, was killed when a gunman stormed his English class on Oct. 1, killing nine and wounding several others.
On social media sites, posts earlier in the week said members of the Westboro Baptist Church would protest the funerals of those killed in the UCC shooting, but that didn’t appear to happen Thursday.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin was among those who attended the service for Johnson.
A memorial service for 18-year-old Lucero Alcarez is set for 1 p.m. on Friday at the Douglas County Fairground.