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Friends, family mourn former Oklahoma physician killed in suburban Kansas City shooting

William Lewis Corporon, 69, practiced medicine from 1976 to 2003 in Oklahoma, according to a family statement. Corporon and his grandson, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood, were shot and killed Sunday.
by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: April 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm •  Published: April 14, 2014

Rovena Branum, 64, went to church with William Corporon several years ago at Cumberland Presbyterian in Marlow. Branum, of Bray, remembered Corporon not just for his voice in the choir, but also for his down-home sense of style.

“The first thing we remembered about him coming to Marlow was that he wore his boots to doctor in, and that was kind of a different thing,” Branum said. “He always had on his cowboy boots. And he wore his suspenders. He was a great guy, very family-oriented and loved the community.”

Demetra Cox, 43, has been a family physician in Duncan for about 15 years. She worked with Corporon from 1999 to 2003. Cox said Corporon helped countless people in the area as an emergency room and family practice physician. Outside work, he was remembered as an avid volunteer with Duncan Little Theater, a nonprofit performance center.

“Everyone here, like everywhere, is just sickened by it,” Cox said. “He was a great guy, very community oriented. ... Nobody has anything negative to say about him.”

OU President David Boren offered his condolences to the Corporon family.

“Violence of the kind that took place in Kansas City, which appears to be based upon religious prejudice, has no place in America,” Boren said in a release. “We are saddened to learn that the son of one of our graduates, as well as her father, also an OU alumnus, lost their lives in the incident. Our thoughts are with the family.”

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