Jewish Federation of Greater KC CEO believes attack coincides with Passover

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City spoke about fatal shootings at two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan . Todd Stettner, president and CEO, said he thinks the attack was planned for the eve of Passover. 

"I think that it was probably intentional that it happened right before our holiday," Stettner said. "We are trying to stay strong at this time and support those also in the general community because the three people who were killed were not Jewish. So this is a message to everyone about hate in our community and what it can do."

Tuesday, those in the Jewish community prepared for Passover, a holiday that celebrates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt.

The victims, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, his 14-year-old grandson Reat Griffin Underwood and Terri LaManno , are being remembered around the world. Condolences to the families of those killed by the gunman came in to the Jewish Federation from Bulgaria and Romania, according to Stettner.

Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences saying:

"We condemn the murder that by all the signs was done out of hatred of Jews. The state of Israel, as one with all civilized people, is obligated to struggle against this blight."

Stettner also said that now is a time to not only remember the Jewish community, but those in all faiths.

“For us it's just about renewing our efforts to fight not only anti-Semitism but the hatred that exists in the world for all peoples. This could have happened at a Christian facility, it could have happened at a Muslim facility so we are really all in this together, and that's the message," Stettner said.

The federation said it has been truly touched by the outpouring of support.

"This is a holiday of freedom that we are about to celebrate tonight. And it's not just freedom from bondage, but it should be freedom from fear as well," Stettner said.

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