Thousands pack church for JCC victims' funeral

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Thousands filled the Church of the Resurrection Friday to celebrate the lives of Dr. William Corporon and Reat Underwood.

Decidedly upbeat, several family members spoke to the crowd to share happy memories, funny stories and hope.

"They are together in heaven...hunting," uncle to Reat and son to Dr. Corporon, Will Corporon said to a crowd who laughed tenderly.

The love of hunting and Boy Scouts they shared only strengthened the bond of the role his family said Dr. Corporon was made to fill.


"My dad's life changed for the better 15 years ago the day Reat was born," Will said.

Other stories of the doting grandparents showed a pair who always supported Reat in his theatrical endeavors.

"Popeye and YayYay made Reat a star," Reat’s brother Lukas said.

Lukas told funny stories of Nerf gun fights with Reat and turkey hunting with Popeye.

You felt the pain of everyone in the auditorium when Lukas spoke a broken “I love you” to them both.

Reat's mother shared a touching last moment.

"The final kiss I had the pleasure of giving you and wishing you 'Good Luck!' will always be embedded in my mind," she said.

But the resounding message throughout this service was hope that something good could come out of such a tragedy. 

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