Houston religious leaders remember victims of Kansas Jewish center shooting

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HOUSTON, TX – Accused Kansas City shooter Frazier Glenn Cross headed to a Jewish community center April 13 to act on his anti-Semitic prejudice. By the time he was arrested, three people were dead – one Catholic and two Methodist.

In response to that act of hatred, Houston religious leaders gathered Thursday for a show of unity.

They talked of the lives lost like 14-year-old Eagle Scout Reat Underwood and his grandfather, William Corporon, and 53-year-old Terri LaManno.

“Our hearts break as we gather to recall the tragedy and mourn the murder of those in Kansas City,” Father Donald Nesti said.

But the ultimate message was uplifting, including words from Rabbi Marc Disick who once led a congregation near the site of the tragedy.

“May a god of love give us the courage to say yes to life and all its blessings,” he said, “especially on the darkest of days.”

This show of unity happened on the same day the accused shooter appeared in court, proving in the face of hatred, there are more voices calling for peace.

“The fear, the ignorance, and the hate of a few will not overcome the faith, hope, and love of the many,” Methodist pastor Dr. Jim Bankston said.

No matter what your religious status, that`s a message we can all agree on.

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