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Nashville Jewish Community Reacts To Kansas Shooting

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Nashville Jewish Community Reacts To Kansas Shooting

CREATED Apr 14, 2014

by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A deadly shooting at two Jewish facilities Sunday, in Kansas, acted as a reality check for many members of the Jewish Community in Nashville.

Police identified the alleged shooter as Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the last name Miller. He is a known to have ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

Cross is accused of killing high school freshman Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather Dr. William Corporon, 69, outside of a Jewish community center and then shooting and killing Teresa Lamanno, 53, at a Jewish retirement center a mile away.

"Three lives were lost because of hatred, and it didn't need to happen," said Abbie Wolf with the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

There is always tight security around the Gordon Jewish Community Center in Bellevue. Monday, everyone was on heightened alert after the shootings in Kansas.

The tragedy was a reality check, and a call to action, for many members of Nashville's Jewish community.

"This just makes our work in community building, between the Jewish community and the rest of the community, all the more important," Wolf explained.

Nashville is not a stranger to violence against members of the Jewish faith. During the Civil Rights movement in 1958 a Jewish community center at 3500 West End Avenue was bombed.

"There have been some incidents in the past, Some the way past, some the recent past that are very alarming," Wolf said.

Because of that, members of the Jewish faith live in a constant state of increased security.

"What other people might consider high security, is for us, security. It's that vigilance, noticing one little thing is out of place," Wolf said.

Managers of the Gordon Jewish Community Center did not want NewsChannel 5 to reveal what security measures are in place at the facility, in fear of putting the center's members at risk.

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