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The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council invited people all over the world to come together on Easter to remember the victims killed in shootings at a Jewish center. The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council invited people all over the world to come together on Easter to remember the victims killed in shootings at a Jewish center.
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The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council invited people all over the world to come together on Easter to remember the victims killed in shootings at a Jewish center.

They held a "virtual gathering" Sunday. People were asked to stop what they were doing at 1 p.m., the approximate time of last week's shooting to reflect and pray.

Three people were killed when police say Frazier Glenn Cross, Frazier Cross, a 73-year-old a white supremacist from southwest Missouri, opened fire outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom senior living center.

The victims, Terri LaManno, 53, William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, were laid to rest earlier this week.

Easter had a special significance for many people across the metro Sunday, and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is keeping hope alive in the face of the terrible tragedy.

"It is a story of life triumphing over death. Hope overcoming despair," said Scott Chrostek, describing his feelings about Easter.

Chrostek is the pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, the same church Reat and Corporon attended.

"This is one where we celebrate life emerging from death," he said. "It is a day of healing. It is a day of resurrection. It is a day of hope and life and joy."

Brian Matthys is a member of the congregation. He was one of a couple thousand people who attended Easter service Sunday. Because of the huge turnout, it was held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

"The worst thing is never the last thing. Hope always wins," Matthys said. "It is a day of hope. That is what we're excited about today."

And though there was hope, there was also despair.

"To have something that close to home happen, it is really, really sad. It is really, really unfortunate," David Simmons said.

But a belief that good will ultimately prevail.

"The one Easter message that I would take away is that life always triumphs over death," Chrostek said.

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