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Kansas City Stands With Overland Park During Service Honoring Shooting Victims

A diverse crowd linked arms in Overland Park, Kan., on Thursday to remember the three victims of an attack on a Jewish community center and retirement home.

Clergy representing many faiths, politicians of different stripes and more than 1,300 people from the community united to condemn shootings during the memorial service.

The service took place at the Jewish Community Center, where two of three victims died on Sunday.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the whole country was standing with Overland Park.

"Every alleged hate crime, no matter who the intended target, is an affront to who we are, both as a country and as a people," Holder said.

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, has been charged with multiple counts of murder for allegedly shooting and killing 14-year-old Reat Underwood and his grandfather, William Corporon, who was 69.

Cross then allegedly drove to the nearby Village Shalom assisted living facility and killed Terri LaManno, a 53-year-old mother.

Though all three murder victims were Christian, Cross will likely face hate crimes charges.

The 73-year-old has been active in the KKK and neo-Nazi organizations much of his life.

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