Residents vow to form 'human barrier' against theater funeral protesters

Residents vow to form 'human barrier' against theater funeral protesters

LAFAYETTE, LA (WVUE) - Funeral services are planned Monday for the two women shot and killed Thursday inside of a Lafayette movie theater.

New Orleans business owner Jillian Johnson, 33, and LSU student Mayci Breaux, 21, were killed while watching the movie "Trainwreck" at the Grand 16 movie theater. Nine others were shot before the suspect, 59-year-old John Houser, turned the gun on himself.

Funeral services will be held for both victims on Monday. A memorial mass will be held for Breaux at 11 a.m. in Franklin at the Church of Assumption in Franklin. Burial will follow at the Franklin Cemetery.

A service will be held for Johnson at 12:30 p.m. in Lafayette.

In the wake of the shooting, the Westboro Baptist Church indicated plans to protest the funerals. The church says they consider the mass shooting to be "an act of God" in retaliation for various sins.

"If they come here to Louisiana, if they try to disrupt this funeral, we're going to lock them up, we're going to arrest them." said Gov. Bobby Jindal on Sunday. "They shouldn't try that in Louisiana. We won't abide by that here."

Thousand of Lafayette residents have promised to form a "human wall" to block protesters. A Facebook group was created to organize the barrier. More than 14,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they would participate.

Meanwhile, law enforcement continues their investigation. Officials are looking through journals and other evidence to try and find out why the gunman chose Lafayette to carry out the shooting.

Houser is being described as a right-wing extremist, with a history of mental illness and violent threats. Police initially described the Phenix, Alabama native as "kind of a drifter."

Jindal says they're looking into rumors that Houser recently visited movie theaters around south Louisiana.

"We know that this theater had security on Friday and Saturday night. We know he chose a theater with an exit that allowed him to park his car near that exit. It appeared that he was trying to escape. He had a wig. He had disguises in the car, in the hotel room," Jindal said.

Five victims remain hospitalized: Four are stable, the fifth is critical. Four other victims were treated and released from the hospital.

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