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Holder: Americans stand with Kansas City mourners

April 17, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (AP) — All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that all hate crimes are “an affront to the nation.”

Before an overflow crowd of more than 1,000, Holder joined Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and several religious leaders at an interfaith memorial service at the Jewish Community Center, the site of one of two shootings that stunned the city on the eve of Passover.

Avowed white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, is charged with the killings Sunday of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Cross shouted “heil Hitler” at television cameras as he was arrested after the shootings.

Cross is also accused of killing Terri LaManno at a nearby Jewish retirement complex. Her funeral is scheduled for Thursday. All three victims were Christian.

“Every alleged hate crime, no matter who the intended target, is an affront to who we are both as a country and a people,” Holder said.

“Although our hearts are truly broken, all Americans stand with the people of Overland Park, of Leawood, and of Kansas City. We are united in our condemnation of this heinous act and our commitment to see that justice is served.”

Federal prosecutors say there’s enough evidence to warrant putting the case before a grand jury as a hate crime, but U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday that federal charges were likely a week or more away. Cross’ state case would have to be resolved before he could be moved to a federal trial.

As federal prosecutors pursue their investigation, Cross, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, already faces two counts of murder in Kansas.

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