OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The yellow crime scene tape has finally come down at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan. The JCC opened Wednesday, just a few days after the shooting rampage there.
A 14-year-old boy and his grandfather were shot to death in the center's circle driveway and the building was riddled with bullets.
It's a place that has physical scars and for the people inside emotional scars too.
The JCC has stepped up security and the shattered glass doors have been replaced, the cars riddled with bullets in the parking lot are now gone.
"We have to be an optimist in this world and that's what we're going to do," JCC CEO Jacob Schreiber said.
Schreiber was at the JCC on Sunday when a gunman killed two people outside of the center and put countless lives in the White Theatre and elsewhere here at risk. He wants the world to remember, not the horror, but the heroes that day.
"They immediately came into here and got all the KC Superstar people into that theatre," Schreiber said.
Security will be stepped up likely forever around here to protect not only a nervous Jewish community which has experienced a history of violence, but for the interwoven community that comes together on the Jewish campus that encompasses a school, fitness center and theatre.
"This community has been woven and we can't go to one place and say these people will be there or these types of people will be there,” Schreiber said. “We want to be a place into the future where we grow not only good children but where we also grow good adults."
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will be in Overland Park Thursday for the Interfaith Service.