The Kansas City area was suffering enough worry and heartache from the recent highway shootings. Then came Sunday, when a gunman seemingly took out his hate, intolerance and ignorance on two Jewish facilities in Johnson County, murdering three people.
Barry Grissom, the U.S. attorney for Kansas, announced Monday that hate-crime charges will be filed against 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who shouted “Heil Hitler” after his arrest. The state and federal justice systems will decide his fate.
Meanwhile, Kansans mourn Reat Griffin Underwood, a freshman at Blue Valley High School, and his grandfather, physician William Lewis Corporon, who were slain outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, and 53-year-old occupational therapist Terri LaManno, who was shot and killed in the parking lot of the nearby Village Shalom senior living facility. Our hearts are heavy imagining the pain of their loved ones, and of Kansas City’s Jewish community as it observes Passover.
How sad that yet-another American community has seen multiple innocent lives senselessly taken by a gunman. And how tragic that Kansas would be witness to the appalling truth that, 70 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism persists as a lethal threat.