Despite hateful act, JCC victims’ families say mission of love will prosper

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OLATHE, Kan. -- Two hurting families came as close as they can to closure after the man who killed their loved ones was sentenced to death. Frazier Cross will die by lethal injection for gunning down Dr. William Corporon, Reat Underwood, and Terri LaManno outside of the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom.

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Loved ones of the victims read impact statements to Cross face-to-face in court Tuesday afternoon. After the sentence was read, Cross was lead out of court following an outburst.

“It’s over. So after it ended and after I found out he’s getting the death penalty I went outside and I hugged my friends and I started crying,” said Anthony Corporon.

At a press conference following the sentencing, members of both families explained that they’ll never truly get closure.

“There has been some closure because you get on with your career or your life, and with all the help of the victims advocate church family. It gets easier, but I don’t believe until the day I die there will always be something that I'll remember," said Jim LaManno, Terri's husband.

“I don’t want it to be closed. I don’t want the memory of my dad to be closed, and they don’t want the memory of Terri to be closed,” said Mindy Corporon.

It was announced that the 7 days of Kindness movement will go on next year, in honor of all three victims. For details, click on this link.

The Jewish Community Center also offered this statement:
“The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City- The J- supports the criminal justice system in this process. While we continue to mourn the lives lost, we also look forward to a bright future for The J and the Jewish community.

Our community was presented with, hopefully, a once in a lifetime set of circumstances last year. Three innocent lives were lost due to hate. The J, along with individuals, agencies, law enforcement and community partners, have worked on a path of education and enlightenment to honor the victims of that day while renewing and enhancing our commitment of service to the greater Kansas City community.

We as a community are doing very well. The Jewish Community Center—The J—is committed to making something good out of the bad event that took place. While the victims and survivors of the shooting are always in our hearts and minds, life at The J has returned to normal. Attendance is up and new memberships are coming in at a steady rate."