As Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church threatened to protest any public funeral service held for Ryan Dunn, the funeral home that will have his burial in private on June 25 hinted at a public memorial service too.
“Services and interment are private, a public memorial service will be announced at a late date,” the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, located in historic downtown West Chester, Dunn’s native in Pennsylvania, stated on its official site.
Ryan M. Dunn, 34, died in a car accident on Monday on Route 322 in West Goshen when he was driving along with his 30-year-old friend, Zachary Hartwell, who also died on the spot.
Calling the realty TV show ‘Jackass’ actor “arrogant” and a “proud sinner,” the Westboro Baptist Church warned of protesting his public memorial service.
“WBC will picket any public memorial/funeral held for Dunn, warning all not to make a mock of sin, & to fear & obey God!” the radical religious group said in a statement.
Dunn reportedly posted a picture of himself and his friends drinking, just hours before a 3 AM high-speed crash left him and his friend dead.
“This is no prank! In His wrath, God cut off this young man in the prime of his life, because he made a mock of sin, and taught his fellow man to grievously sin against God!” the Westboro Baptist Church said.
Though the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home in West Chester plans for a private funeral service of Ryan Dunn, town Police Chief Scott Bohn said that his department will be prepared for any potential protest.
“We will be prepared to ensure order is maintained,” Bohn was quoted as saying by Daily Local.