Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack on two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.
“No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray,” Obama said during an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House. He vowed that the government would provide whatever is needed to support the investigation and urged Americans to stand united against “religious-based” violence.
“It has no place in our society,” he added.
Three people were killed Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City. The man accused in the shooting is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Officials were investigating the attack as a hate crime, although two of the victims, a man and his grandson, were not Jewish and were at the community center for a singing competition, relatives said.
Obama said the fact that the attack came as prepare to celebrate Passover and Christians prepare for Easter makes the tragedy “all the more painful.”
The president also recalled his meeting at the Vatican last month with Pope Francis. He says the pope has inspired people around the world with his “simple, yet profound” actions.