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Events will mark anniversary of Jewish community shootings

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Three lives were taken too soon last April, but events are being organized to mark the upcoming anniversary and provide comfort to still-grieving family members.

"Faith is believing what you can't see," said Mindy Corporon who lost her son and father lost year. "And I have to do that every single day."

Reat Underwood and his grandfather William Corporon were killed outside the Jewish Community Center where Reat was to sing in a talent competition. A white supremacist allegedly killed them before racing to Village Shalom, where Terri Lamanno was gunned down after visiting her mother.

The accused killer is facing the death penalty and allegedly targeted Jews. The three victims were Christians.

Corporon's pain is eased by word that an organization is donating scholarship money for a songwriting contest in memory of the victims.

"I thought how wonderful that these people care so much to reach out to us and say they want to make a difference," she said.

Lovell Holloway of the newly formed Racial and Religious Acceptance and Cultural Equality Foundation said the organization wanted to remember the victims and help provide healing for their grieving family and friends.

"It hurt us as a community. These acts of senseless violence and hate touch us all," Holloway said. "We wanted to make changes through the youth of the future."

A walk will also be held which will stretch from the Jewish Community Center to the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, where a funeral service was held for Corporon's son and father.

Corporon said it will be a peaceful way to mark a painful event.

"I'm surviving and I survived because of my faith," she explained. "My faith is that I know I'll see them again and my faith is that I get messages from them, from my Dad and Reat. And I know that they're with us."

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