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Interfaith memorial at JCC remembers Kansas City victims

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Hundreds gathered at a suburban Kansas City JCC for an interfaith memorial service for the victims of shootings there and at a nearby Jewish retirement home.

“We all needed to come together to ... bring into this tragedy God, heaven, peace and love,” Jacob Schreiber, president and chief executive of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., told the April 17 gathering in the JCC auditorium, Reuters reported.

Speaking at the memorial, where heavy security was in place, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, “Every alleged hate crime, no matter who the intended target, is an affront to who we are,” Reuters reported. “These acts cannot be ignored. We are united in our condemnation of this heinous attack and our commitment to seeing that justice is served.”

Jewish and Christian leaders spoke at the service, which featured images of the three victims on video screens.— jta


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