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Kansas City vigil aims to heal community after shootings

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 - 01:24

April 19 - Students lead a rally and vigil to help heal their city, following last week's shootings at Jewish Community Centers that left three people dead. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Leawood, Kansas walked united on Friday night. Students led a mass walk to heal their town, following last week's shootings at Jewish Community Centers outside Kansas City that left three people dead. SOUNDBITE: JACKLIN SHAPIRO, STUDENT ORGANIZER, SAYING: "As a Jewish teen it's been emotional. It's been hard to realize that the place you call home here at the Jewish Community Center was attacked." NATS: "It kind of just burst the bubble that we live in." Police arrested 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross for the killings, a white supremacist who will likely be charged with federal hate crimes. But on Friday, residents said their fear had turned into resilience. SOUNDBITE: ANNIE RIFKIN, ORGANIZER, SAYING: "Rather than feeling as if they were personally attacked I think they saw it as an attack against their community and they wanted to come back stronger." The walk retraced the steps police say the shooter took. And at the vigil, it was standing room only, the crowd made up of people from all faiths. SOUNDBITE: ABDUL MOHAMMED, JOHNSON COUNTY ISLAMIC CENTER, SAYING: "As the Quran says, if one person is killed it's like killing all of humanity. So we are here to serve humanity." SOUNDBITE: JOSH KASEFF, STUDENT ORGANIZER, SAYING: "This whole week has just been amazing just to see how the community has come together and support the families and the victims lost.: NATS: "After an attack like this you have to have that sense of community with all of us." The killings resonated across they country, coming on the heels of the Passover and Easter holidays. But on this night, a town came together to say it won't be pulled apart. SOUNDBITE: ANNIE RIFKIN, ORGANIZER, SAYING: "You can come at us and we're just going to come back together stronger."

Kansas City vigil aims to heal community after shootings

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 - 01:24

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