Kansas City JCC to erect memorial to shooting victims

(JTA) – The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Kansas City will erect a memorial to honour the victims of the 2014 shooting at two Jewish sites in the city.

The memorial site at the Jewish Community Campus, of which the JCC is a part, is currently under development, according to the JCC, local media reported.

The sculpture designed by sculptor Jesse Small of Los Angeles is scheduled to be unveiled in April in a private ceremony, two years after white supremacist Fraizer Glenn Miller Jr., also known as Fraizer Glenn Cross gunned down Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City in Overland Park, and Terri LaManno, 53, outside the Village Shalom assisted-living facility. None of the victims was Jewish, but Miller assumed they were when he shot them.

Miller was sentenced to death by Johnson County District Judge Kelly Ryan in November 2015.

A former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, Miller has been unapologetic about the shooting, in which he said he was trying to kill as many Jews as possible. During his trial, he waived the right to an attorney and argued the jury should find him not guilty because his shooting spree was a “patriotic attempt” to “defend my people against genocide.”

Miller told the Kansas City Star in an interview last November that he began planning the attacks when he became so sick with emphysema that he thought he would die soon and that he conducted reconnaissance missions of the JCC and Village Shalom in the days before the shootings.

“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he told the newspaper.

Soon after his arrest, Miller told officers that he was an anti-Semite and asked them, “How many did I get?”

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