Leaders react to 3 deaths at Kansas Jewish sites

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 14, 2014 at 11:21 am •  Published: April 14, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Political and religious leaders expressed sympathy after three people were fatally shot Sunday at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, of Aurora, Mo., a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, is jailed on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.

— "Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this tragedy. I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners and provide the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation. While we do not know all of the details surrounding today's shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking. I want to offer my condolences to all the families trying to make sense of this difficult situation and pledge the full support from the federal government as we heal and cope during this trying time." — President Barack Obama.

— "We condemn the murders, which according to all the signs were committed from hatred of Jews. ... The state of Israel together with all civilized people is committed to fighting against this plague." — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

— "No community should have to face a moment such as this one ... Today, on the eve of Pesach, we are left to contemplate how we must continue our work building a world in which all people are free to live their lives without the threat of terror." — Michael Siegal, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America.

— "My deepest regrets are with the victims' loved ones and my thoughts are with the entire community, which has had its sense of comfort and safety threatened by today's events. I join all Kansans in proclaiming that these horrific acts of violence have absolutely no place in our communities, our state or our country." —U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas.

— "On the eve of the Passover holiday, where Jews around the world celebrate the festival when the ancient Israelites broke the shackles of tyranny, the Jewish community of Kansas City was struck by a tyrant." — Rabbi Marvin Heir, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization.



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