DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Disheartening was the only way Beth Adelman could describe a deadly shooting in Kansas.
Three people, including a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather, were killed. Law enforcement officials said 73-year-old Frasier Glenn Cross, Jr., opened fire at two separate Jewish community facilities Sunday afternoon.
It brings a tragic note to communities in the Miami Valley preparing for a major event.
“It’s especially disheartening that it happened before our Jewish holiday of Passover which basically is a joyous, serious holiday celebrating the freedom of slavery and bondage,” said Adelman with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton.
An investigation is underway to find if the shooting was motivated by hate after statements the suspect made during his arrest. Police say the timing of the shooting could have also motivated the shooter.
The FBI is assisting the Overland Park Police Department in Kansas during the investigation.
Adelman believes the best deterrent against these tragedies is teaching the public.
“I think in terms of antisemitism, it’s a lot of education,” said Adelman. “I think education needs to start with grade-school children so they understand about the hatred and hate crimes.”