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Family, friends remember fallen soldier as controversial group plans funeral protest

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Remembering our fallen heroes is something we hear about all too often these days. Thursday night family and friends attended a candlelight vigil in Whiteville to honor the life of a fallen soldier.

PFC Amy Bullock Sinkler of Columbus County was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while serving her country in Afghanistan January 20. Now a religious group plans to protest at her funeral.

Sinkler's father says she always had a passion to serve her country. The West Columbus High School graduate participated in ROTC among many other activities. Sinkler's funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo.

A press release from the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas says the controversial church plans to protest her funeral. Westboro Baptist is known for protesting the funerals of servicemen and women by claiming their deaths are God's punishment to America for allowing homosexuality and other sins.

Sinkler's father Randolph Thompson says he hopes to lay his daughter to rest peacefully.

"I wouldn't like it too much but people do have their own motto about different things," Thompson said. "She always wanted to serve her country. She was a real outstanding person."

Sinkler served in the Army for a year and 5 months.

WWAY tried to contact Westboro Baptist Church, but our calls were not returned.

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Funeral Protest

To all turn American's need to stand up and put a stop to Funeral Protesting. All Vet's, friend's, and family's need to show up and stand up to creates a Barricade were the family can have some peace, but only do it in a peaceful. It's time for use to stand up to our goverment to put a stop to this. GOD BLESS YOU PFC Amy Bullock Sinkler for your serving her country.

Remembering a fallen soldier

Let it be about honoring Sinkler's life and service. Don't give coverage to a few misguided souls who need to know and show the love of Christ. I pray comfort for her family and loved ones.

Funeral protest

First of all, I would like to thank PFC Amy Bullock Sinkler for giving her life for her country.
Secondly, I would like to give my condolences to her family.
Then I would like to know who could show up at a funeral, causing chaos and more pain to an already grieving family, and still claim to be a Christian?????? I know atheists, pagans, muslims, and REAL Christians who would never be so crude and hateful.
With the family's permission, I would like to come and stand between, so that they may grieve in peace for their loved one. I would hope that many people from our area would do the same. No conflict or confrontation, just stand in between. I have a lot to do on Saturday, like every one else, but I can't think of one thing more important to do that day.

Love to your family

My heart goes out to the family. You have lost a precious loved one - she wanted to serve her country and she did. May all the wonderful memories you have of her comfort and bless you.

As for the group planning the protest, I am a Christian and I can tell you they do not represent my God. They are a fringe group with their own agenda led by a man who is no more of God than satan is. They have their own form of terrorism.

For the community, if this group shows up, I hope that you will form a line between them and the church where the funeral will be and show them that their behavior will not be tolerated. Do it peacefully - don't lower your self to their level - but protect the family and friends of this young lady.

personally i think

it is disgusting to even consider interrupting and protesting a funeral much less than actually doin g it ,don't these people have any shame ?

how would they feel if someone was waving a sign around when they are trying to lay one of there loved ones to rest and trying to deal with the loss.

sad

This is so disgraceful that a family cannot lay their child to rest peacefully. This does not sound like a Godly religion to me at all. To the family, I am so sorry for your heartache and pain. I hope this "group" changes their plans.
C. Cox Whiteville NC

There is a group dedicated

There is a group dedicated to protect families from these idiots and others like them. They are called The Patriot Guard Riders.
http://www.patriotguard.org/Home/OurHistory/tabid/145/Default.aspx

I am not a member yet, and I hope it is OK to post this here.

PFC Amy Bullock Sinkler, friends and family - you will be in my thoughts today.

The following is from the mission statement on the website:

Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:

1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all

PFC Sinkler

thank you all for coming to show your respect for the sacrifice PFC Sinkler and her family made. She is a true hero, may she rest in peace. As a member of just one of the Fire and Rescue Departments who was there in support of her, may you continue to keep up the faith.Prayers and sympathy to all her family and her many friends.