ROSEANN MORING

Police supporters hold large white sheets with blue lines across them to shield those mourners from Westboro Baptist Church protesters.

Hundreds of supporters came to the funeral of slain Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco to shield mourners from a handful of protesters Tuesday.

About 9 a.m., the supporters moved south to Cass Street, where they were joined by hundreds more, including a large group from the Patriot Guard.

There they unfurled large white sheets with blue lines across them.

The protesters, from Westboro Baptist Church, set up near Interstate 480, so supporters moved to a hill to block them from view.

Kate Kielion of Omaha, the daughter of a retired Omaha police captain, organized the sheet-making.

“Everybody just came together,” said Kielion, 33. “Everybody wanted to help. Our purpose was to hide the hate and show the love, and that’s what happened.”

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