April 14, 2014
Political and religious leaders expressed sympathy after three people were fatally shot Sunday at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, is jailed on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.
The gunman is identified as Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, founder of the now-defunct White Patriot Party, a Ku Klux Klan group. He reportedly yelled ‘heil Hitler!’ as he opened fire with a shotgun outside the community center, killing Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood — who Corporon’s heartbroken son says are from a Methodist family. The shooter then drove to a nearby Jewish senior living facility and shot an elderly woman, cops said. He was later arrested.
“American Muslims join their fellow citizens in standing in solidarity with the American Jewish community in condemning this deadly hate attack and in offering condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured. We are saddened by this vicious act of hatred. Americans of all faiths must join together to reject the kind of extremist ideologies that can lead to such inexcusable and unconscionable acts.” — Council of American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.
“We stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters during this tragic time and pray that God Almighty provides everyone comfort and protection. … The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association strongly condemns targeting innocent individuals based on faith and believes in every one’s right to freedom of (or from) religion.” — The nationwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.