Family members of three people killed by a white supremacist two years ago attended a dedication ceremony Tuesday of a sculpture and plaque Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park.
The plaque bears the likenesses of Terri LaManno, 53, William Corporon, 69, and Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, who were shot to death by F. Glenn Miller Jr. on April 13, 2014.
The sculpture, called “Infinite Awareness,” consists of three metal pieces made of steel strands woven together in ripple patterns, which also project ripple patterns of shadow in the sun. The work was commissioned by the center amid an outpouring of support and private donations from the community.
Mindy Corporon, mother of Reat, was one of the family members who helped organize Seven Days, an annual week of remembrance from April 12 to April 18, which includes events celebrating diversity across races, religions and cultures.
“Let us come together and embrace our differences,” Corporon said Tuesday. “What is important? Love for one another. There is a movement starting in Overland Park.”
Reat Underwood and his grandfather William Corporon were killed outside the Jewish Community Center. Terri LaManno was killed outside Village Shalom, a nearby Jewish retirement community.
Miller, a neo-Nazi, targeted both facilities hoping to kill Jews. None of the victims was Jewish.
Tuesday’s dedication ceremony included about 75 people invited by the families, as well as a Catholic priest, a Protestant pastor and a Jewish rabbi.
Jim LaManno, husband of Terri LaManno, said the plaque and sculpture would help keep his wife’s memory alive and add meaning to the family’s loss.
“Sometimes I feel like the unluckiest man in the world,” he said. “But other times the luckiest guy in the world.”
Unlucky, he said, because anyone could have been killed in the shootings. But lucky because he had the support of many friends and relatives.
LaManno has since sued Wal-Mart, Friendly Firearms LLC and two other entities for their roles in the sale of two shotguns used in the attacks.
Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, was a felon and prohibited from purchasing guns. Fellow white supremacist John Mark Reidle, of Aurora, Mo., was convicted last fall of buying one of the guns for Miller.
Miller was convicted and sentenced to death last fall.