Victims' Families Plan Memorial As Alleged JCC Shooter Appears In Court
Updated, 4 p.m. Wednesday:
The families of the three people killed near Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., in April are planning a week-long community event to memorialize their loved ones.
Mindy Corporon, whose father and son were killed in the shooting, says the families wanted to make the announcement Wednesday to coincide with the preliminary hearing of accused murderer Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., which was postponed earlier in the day.
“You might stop and say a prayer for those families,” says Corporon. “We’ve had such a huge outpouring of support, we wanted to say to everyone, ‘Here’s how we’re doing.’”
Corporon says the families are hoping to hold a “Faith Always Wins” community gathering next spring to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the shootings. On April 13, William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his grandson, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, were gunned down outside the Jewish Community Center; Terri LaManno, 53, was shot at Village Shalom a little more than a mile away.
“They were good people,” says Mindy Corporon. “They were very good people. They contributed to society. My dad had a lot longer opportunity to contribute to society. Not only did he contribute with his intelligence and medical prowess, he was an amazing physician.”
Corporon’s family has established the Reat Griffin Underwood Memorial Foundation to raise money for medical causes and the performing arts. LaManno’s family is also helping organize the memorial event.
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A Johnson County judge has postponed the preliminary hearing for the man accused of killing three people outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., earlier this year.
Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. appeared briefly in court Wednesday morning, where his defense attorneys asked for a competency evaluation, which was granted.
Miller, a known anti-Semite who is also called Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., complained that he wants a speedy trial. He said the 30 to 45 days the evaluation would take is too long.
Miller is facing a single count of capital murder in the deaths of 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and 53-year-old Terri LaManno, all of whom were shot to death April 13 outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom.
Miller could face the death penalty. He'll appear in court again Dec. 18.