With remarkable poise, the mother of the 14-year-old boy killed alongside his grandfather near a Jewish community center in Kansas City's suburbs gave a heart-wrenching account Monday of her loss just 24 hours earlier.
Mindy Corporon told reporters she got to hear her son, Reat Griffin Underwood, sing two musical numbers he planned to perform at an audition at the community center in Overland Park, Kan.
Moments later, the teen and Ms. Corporon's father, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, were killed by a gunman with a long history of anti-Semitism.
"I got to kiss him and tell him I loved him," Ms. Corporon said of her son.
Ms. Corporon described arriving at the scene of the crime and seeing bullet holes in the glass at the community center.
A bystander pulled her away, and it began to dawn on her what had happened to her son and her father.
Frazier Glenn Cross, a 73-year-old Missouri man associated with hate groups, has been charged with murder for the pair of killings and the subsequent shooting death of Terri LaManno, a woman who was visiting her mother at Village Shalom, a retirement community not far from the community center, according to the Associated Press.
All three victims were Christians.
The suspect was videotaped shouting, "Heil Hitler," in the back of a police car after his arrest, and authorities said Monday they are investigating the case as a hate crime.
Ms. Corporon appeared last night at an impromptu vigil for the victims Sunday night, stunning emotional onlookers.
"I'm strong because I have family, I'm strong because I have faith," she said Monday. "I know that God did not do this, I know that there are evil, evil actions."
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