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JCRC Expresses Shock and Grief Over Murders at Jewish Institutions Near Kansas City

Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) issued the following statement today in response to the murders at two Jewish institutions near Kansas City:

"On this Passover and Holy Week eve, the Jewish community is shocked and deeply saddened by today’s murders near Kansas City at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Leawood. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the victims."

"This shooting is a stark and painful reminder that no place is a haven from violence and hatred. We salute federal, state, and local law enforcement for its swift response to this crime."

"In the wake of this attack, the JCRC followed our procedures by contacting federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and with leaders of Jewish communal institutions and synagogues. We have great confidence in our Minnesota law enforcement agencies and thank them for their swift attention and response to the security concerns raised locally by the criminal act in Kansas City. We thank the Minneapolis Sabes Jewish Community Center, Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area, and the Sholom Community Alliance for their swift and coordinated response to the Kansas City criminal incident. We urge members of the Jewish community and our communal institutions to conduct business as usual while increasing vigilance and security."