Jewish Community Center dedicates memorial to victims of shooting two years ago

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Family and friends dedicated a memorial on the Jewish Community Center today honoring the lives of Dr. William Lewis Corporon, Reat Griffin Underwood, and Terri Lamanno. All three were gunned down; Corporon and Underwood outside the Jewish Community Center and Lamanno outside nearby Village Shalom.

Mindy Corporon read an excerpt from her journal on Tuesday.

"What is important, love from one another, overcoming evil, hatred, overcoming crime, for peace," Mindy read to the dozens of people attending the memorial ceremony.

She remembers April 13, 2014 all too well -- the day her father and son were killed in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park where Reat was to audition for a singing competition.

"We're also very moved by the Jewish community. We know our family members were taken because the man wanted to kill Jewish people, and our family members happened to be here; it could have happened to anyone," Mindy said.

Terri Lamanno was killed in the parking lot of Village Shalom, an older adult living community where her mother lived. Her husband, William, said this memorial shows that people truly care.

"This just shows you that the community can come together, different faiths, and we can all coexist together and be one people, because that's what we really are," William said.

The memorial dedication coincides with SevenDays 2016, a weeklong series of activities, events and programs created after the shootings to encourage acts of kindness and interfaith dialogue.

"The Jewish community has embraced us, and this is just another physical presence of how they embraced us," Mindy added.

The plaque has pictures of all three victims, and right above them the art work symbolizing ripples of water spreading love and kindness.

"They've shown us that this type of behavior that happened out here two years ago is something we have to all put behind us," William said.

While the murders took place in Jewish settings and Jewish people were specifically targeted, none of the three victims were Jewish.

"It's taken about two years to be able to come back to this exact location, because my dad and Reat were killed only a couple yards from here. They were killed right here in the parking lot, so it was a very devastating time to come back over the course of two years, but now we have a very beautiful memorial to come back to," Mindy explained.

Everyone involved in making the memorial said it's not just for the victims and the victims' family and friends. They decided to put it outside so it's available for the whole community to come by and see it.