‘I know they’re in heaven together,’ says woman who lost son, dad

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(CNN) — The shootings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood claimed three lives — a grandfather and grandson, and a woman whose identity has not been released by authorities.

Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces charges of premeditated first-degree murder. He is expected to appear in court Monday.

The shooting victims are:

1. Reat Griffin Underwood — The 14-year-old high school freshman was shot in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center. The teen, who had a “beautiful voice,” was there to audition for “KC Superstar,” an “American Idol”-style contest for the best high school singer in the Kansas City area. Shot in the car his grandfather was driving, Reat died later of his injuries.

At a vigil Sunday night at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Reat’s mom walked up to the podium and introduced herself as the mother and daughter of the community center victims. The gathered gasped.

Mindy Corporon then remembered her son as someone who loved acting and singing.

“I was there before the police and I was there before the ambulance,” she said. “And I knew immediately that they were in heaven, and I know that they’re in heaven together.”

“I got to tell both of them today that I loved them. I was the last person in the family who saw them.”

Blue Valley High School, which Reat attended, said it will have counselors available Monday even though the school is not in session.

“I had the opportunity to get to know Reat earlier this year at our annual Blue Valley Educational Foundation breakfast. Reat sang the national anthem to begin the breakfast, and his talents were on full display that morning,” said Tom Trigg, superintendent of schools.

2. William Lewis Corporon — Reat’s grandfather and a doctor, Corporon practiced family medicine in Oklahoma for many years before moving to the Kansas City area to be closer to family.

“He cherished his family,” the family said in a statement.

Corporon was taking his grandson to the center for his audition when they were shot in a car outside the facility.

Mindy Corporon said her dad had offered to take Reat to the audition because she was with her other son at a lacrosse game.

Jacob Schreiber, president of the community center, remembered the family fondly.

“This is one of the nicest, kindest, most supportive families that we have here,” he said. “This has left us all breathless.”

The Corporons were active members of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

“They have a deep faith. They don’t believe this was God’s time,” said the Rev. Adam Hamilton, the church’s pastor. “They don’t believe God wanted a man to pick up a gun and start this shooting.”

“This is the darkest thing a parent can imagine to happen and this woman has lost her father and her son,” Hamilton said, referring to Reat’s mother.

The funeral service for Corporon and Reat is planned for Good Friday.

3. Unidentified woman — A woman was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood. Police did not release the woman’s name or additional details about her.

By Ed Payne and Matthew Stucker, CNN

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  • ASHinSTL

    ‘I know they’re in heaven together,’

    Sorry you lost your family members.Indeed I am. Tho, a tragedy being introduced into your life does not grant you the right to make untrue and unverifiable claims. If you can’t show, you don’t know it.

    • En10dre

      The Constitution of the United States of America affords her the right to believe anything she wants to believe as it does you. It also affords you the right to chastise her for her beliefs. Amazing, isn’t it.

      • ASHinSTL

        Believe, yes. Lie, no. You’d do well to learn the difference between the two things. Had she said believe, I’d have no issue. She said “know”. that comes with it a whole different set of baggage that she couldn’t possibly begin to back up. Now, if she or you can demonstrate not even that those 2 people are somewhere, anywhere now that they are dead but simply that she or anyone has knowledge of this, I’ll state my apologizes here for all to read. Hell, if you can demonstrate just the “how” one could possibly ever have knowledge of it… I’ll do the same. Belief does not ever equal knowledge, knowledge is subset of belief not equal to it.

        And brush up on your reading comprehension. I never chastised her beliefs, tho you’re right I do have the right to do so. I chastised her for making knowledge claims that she couldn’t demonstrate.

      • En10dre

        I see you used the word, “HELL” in your angry reply to me. What does that mean? I will tell you…you are already in your own personal HELL for reasons unknown to me. I am sorry for you and your disbelief of the hereafter. Speaking of someone having “baggage”…you have a lot of room to talk.

        This will be the last you hear from me. I have better things to do than argue with idiots. Have a good day… if at all possible. And, Happy Easter.

      • ASHinSTL

        Act offended and never address the content of the argument. You’d have saved face better had you just acknowledged you were wrong.

        I have a great day, every day! What with not having to mold reality into my wishful make believe and all.

  • ASHinSTL

    ‘I know they’re in heaven together,’

    Sorry you lost your family members.Indeed I am. Tho, a tragedy being introduced into your life does not grant you the right to make untrue and unverifiable claims. If you can’t show it, you don’t know it.

    • ASHinSTL

      No, I need more time off of work. Well, that and for people to not make ridiculous knowledge claims about things they could never know. While I’m at it… someone to prove me wrong about being able to “know” something that they cannot demonstrate would be nice also. But why am I telling you this? Had you been one who could have done so I suspect you’d go about doing so already.

  • Tom Hayes

    The low life that murdered these 3 individuals needs to be tried, convicted, and executed by firing squad. ASAP!!!!

  • middleman

    Really? That’s how you are? You can’t let a lady grieve without bashing her language? You are pathetic.

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