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  • Official IDs SW Mo. man as Kansas attacks suspect

  • The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
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      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, 7...

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      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.



      — "Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this tragedy. I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners and provide the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation. While we do not know all of the details surrounding today's shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking. I want to offer my condolences to all the families trying to make sense of this difficult situation and pledge the full support from the federal government as we heal and cope during this trying time." — President Barack Obama.



      — "We condemn the murders, which according to all the signs were committed from hatred of Jews. ... The state of Israel together with all civilized people is committed to fighting against this plague." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



      — "No community should have to face a moment such as this one ... Today, on the eve of Pesach, we are left to contemplate how we must continue our work building a world in which all people are free to live their lives without the threat of terror." — Michael Siegal, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America.



      — "I am shocked and sickened by the violence that occurred in Overland Park and Leawood (Sunday). Kansas is a place where every person of every kind should be safe from violence or persecution. My deepest regrets are with the victims' loved ones and my thoughts are with the entire community, which has had its sense of comfort and safety threatened by today's events. I join all Kansans in proclaiming that these horrific acts of violence have absolutely no place in our communities, our state or our country." —U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas.



      — "On the eve of the Passover holiday, where Jews around the world celebrate the festival when the ancient Israelites broke the shackles of tyranny, the Jewish community of Kansas City was struck by a tyrant ... The Simon Wiesenthal Center expresses profound sympathy to families of the three victims." — Rabbi Marvin Heir, found and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization.



      — "The First Lady and I extend our sincerest sympathy to all those affected by today's senseless shooting and the tragic loss of three lives. My heart and prayers are with all those who were affected by today's events. We will pursue justice aggressively for these victims and criminal charges against the perpetrator or perpetrators to the full extent of the law." — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.



      — "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.



      — "I recently met with a number of Jewish leaders in the Kansas City region to talk about their good work to help the community. My thoughts are with the victims and their families who have been impacted by this tragedy." — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.

  • The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
    Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., was booked into Johnson County jail on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder after the attacks in Overland Park on Sunday.
    At a news conference Sunday afternoon, Overland Park police Chief John Douglass declined to publicly identify the man suspected in the attacks. But an official at a suburban Kansas City jail, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the case, identified the suspect as Cross.
    Douglass said the suspect made several statements to police, "but it's too early to tell you what he may or may not have said" during the attacks. He also said it was too early in the investigation to determine whether he had an anti-Semitic motive. The Jewish festival of Passover begins Monday evening.
    "We are investigating it as a hate crime. We're investigating it as a criminal act. We haven't ruled out anything," he said.
    SITE, a U.S.-based terror monitoring group, described the suspect as a known and vocal anti-Semite who frequently calls for genocide against Jews.
    Police said the attacks happened within minutes of one another. At around 1 p.m. a gunman shot two people in the parking lot behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. He then drove a few blocks to a retirement community, Village Shalom, and gunned down a woman or girl there, Douglass said. Officers arrested him in an elementary school parking lot a short time later.
    Police said the gunman never entered any buildings. Douglass said the gunman also shot at but missed two other people.
    Authorities declined to release the victims' names pending notification of their relatives. However, the family of the first two victims released a statement identifying them as Dr. William Lewis Corporon, who died at the scene, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, who died at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
    They were both Christian. The family thanked the church and others for their support.
    "We take comfort knowing they are together in Heaven," the family said, while asking for privacy to mourn.
    Rebecca Sturtevant, a hospital spokeswoman, said family members told her Corporon had taken his grandson to the community center to try out for a high school students' singing competition. Reat was a freshman at Blue Valley High School and an Eagle Scout.
    Cross is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller. A public records search shows he has used both names, but he refers to himself on his website as Glenn Miller and went by the name Frazier Glenn Miller in 2006 and 2010 campaigns for public office.
    Page 2 of 2 - Cross lives in a small single-story home bordered on three sides with barbed wire fences just outside the small southwest Missouri town of Aurora, some 180 miles south of Overland Park. A red Chevrolet bearing two Confederate flag stickers was parked outside. An AP reporter knocked on the front door of the house early Monday but no one answered.
    Neighbor Mitzi Owens, 45, said Cross always seems friendly but that locals are well aware of his racist leanings.
    "It's crazy that someone can be so likable but be full of this kind of hate," she said.
    The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said it reached his wife, Marge by phone and that she said authorities had been to their home and told her that her husband had been arrested in Sunday's attacks.
    The law center said the suspect has been involved in the white supremacist movement for most of his life. He founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and was its "grand dragon" in the 1980s. The Army veteran and retired truck driver later founded another white supremacist group, the White Patriot Party, the center said.
    He was the subject of a nationwide manhunt in 1987 for violating the terms of his bond while appealing a North Carolina conviction for operating a paramilitary camp. The search ended after federal agents found him and three other men in an Ozark mobile home, which was filled with hand grenades, automatic weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition. He ran for U.S. House in 2006 and the U.S. Senate in 2010, espousing a white power platform.
    SITE said Monday that the suspect is a prominent member of the Vanguard News Network and has posted thousands of messages — including frequent calls for genocide against Jews — on the neo-Nazi forum's website. His most recent post was Saturday.
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