Suspect hated Jewish people, yet only Christians were murdered in Johnson County rampage

04/15/2014 8:41 AM

04/15/2014 7:02 PM

The suspect in the bloody rampage that left three people dead Sunday in Johnson County hated Jewish people.

That much is certain. So it’s understandable

that authorities are doggedly pursuing hate crime charges against Frazier Glenn Miller. ( Updated 11:20 Tuesday: Murder charges were filed against Miller today

.)

However, please don’t let this apparent fact get lost in all the coverage of these terrible and unexpected crimes:

The three victims — Terri LaManno, Reat Griffin Underwood and his grandfather, William Lewis Corporon — were all indiscriminately murdered.

They also were all Christians — LaManno was a Catholic and the two others were Methodists.

Even though the suspect likely visited the two Jewish facilities on Sunday allegedly hoping to kill people of the Jewish faith, that plot failed miserably.

In the end, the suspect who senselessly took the lives of three people was just another mad person with a gun, ready and willing to inflict harm on innocent victims.

We are oh-so-lucky today that the suspect was not better at shooting at people; two escaped uninjured in the attack even though they were shot at.

It’s also fortunate that the suspect acted like a coward and left the scenes of the shooting, only to be arrested within the hour by police.

However, the public likely won’t know all the motivation behind the attacks until the evidence is presented and tested in a court of law.

That leaves speculation that people are engaging in today, especially about the hate-crime aspect of it.

It’s understandable that the public wants to find some kind of motivation for the killings. We do it all the time.

People are killed over drugs, in domestic disputes and in many other cases that — when the evidence comes in — appear to have some kind of reasoning behind them.

So it is with Miller. His background story makes the compelling case that he could have done something like this, sought out what he hoped would be people of the Jewish faith so he could kill them.

It is a sickening thought that he could think something like that.

He may be guilty of several hate crimes in this case. And if so, in the larger scheme of things, remember that he would be guilty of murder as well.

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