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Family settles suit with Walmart over gun used in Jewish Community Center murders

Reat Underwood
Reat Underwood

The family of a man and teen fatally shot outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park has settled lawsuits with Walmart, which sold one of the guns used in the incident.

The terms of the settlement between Walmart and the family of William Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood, are confidential.

The two were fatally shot outside the community center on April 13, 2014, by F. Glenn Miller Jr., a southern Missouri man who said he was trying to kill Jewish people.

After killing Corporon and Underwood, Cross drove to the nearby Village Shalom care center where he shot and killed Terri LaManno.

None of the three were Jewish. Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., was convicted in the killing and sentenced to death.

Speaking on behalf on his family members, Tony Corporon speaks to the media after the jury returned a guilty verdict in the F. Glenn Miller trial. (Video by Allison Long | along@kcstar.com)

The shotgun used on Corporon and Underwood was bought at a Walmart store in Republic, Mo., a few days before the shooting, according to previously filed court documents.

As a convicted felon, Miller could not legally buy the weapon. He got another man to buy the shotgun for him.

According to the suits filed by the Corporon family, Miller and the other man went to the Walmart store together and Miller chose a Remington 12-gauge shotgun while at least one Walmart employee was present.

But Miller said he didn’t have identification and the other man completed the purchase.

“The Corporon family pursued these cases to help ensure that firearms retailers follow the law,” attorney David Morantz said in a written statement on their behalf. “Straw purchases are one of the primary ways that criminals obtain firearms, and retailers must exercise vigilance in spotting and stopping suspected straw purchases.”

A similar lawsuit filed by LaManno’s family is pending.

“The Corporon family is grateful for the support it has received from the community following the April 13, 2014, tragedy and will continue its efforts to honor Dr. Corporon and Reat through the Faith Alwas Wins Foundation and its annual event, SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World,” the statement said.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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