Father of Slain Marine Weeps During Funeral Protest Trial
Closing arguments were heard today in the trial against the Westboro cult.
Westboro Cult members protested at his Marine son’s funeral.
Today the father of the fallen Marine wept in court at the pain they caused his family.
The father of Iraqi War hero Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder wept in court today describing the pain that Westboro church members put him through at his son’s funeral.
The Baltimore Sun reported:
The father of a young Westminster man killed in Iraq wept repeatedly in Baltimore federal court this morning as a jury watched video images of how members of a Kansas church picketed the Marine’s funeral to protest the military’s inclusion of homosexuals.
The weeklong civil trial in U.S. District Court has pitted a grieving father of a 20-year-old Marine against members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who Albert Snyder says exacerbated his pain and suffering by protesting at his son’s funeral with anti-gay slogans. Jury deliberations could begin as early as this afternoon.
Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, a 2003 Westminster High School graduate, died in early March 2006 in a vehicle accident in Anbar province. He had been in Iraq less than a month.