A community service is planned in response to the shootings at the Jewish Community Center parking lot on Sunday.
The Interfaith Communal Service of Unity and Hope will be a 45-minute service at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Jewish Community Center, White Theatre, 5801 W. 115 St., Overland Park, Kan.
Clergy from across the Kansas City area will lead prayers of solace, healing and hope, according to an announcement today from the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.
Messages of condolences have poured in from throughout the nation, including from President Obama, to community residents and to the victims’ families.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., sent out this message:
“On Palm Sunday and the eve of Passover, our entire community was shocked to learn of a horrific act of hate that led to the deaths of three of our beloved community members.
“I was heartbroken to learn of the shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park. Brooke and I are praying for the families and victims of this tragedy and our office continues to stand ready to provide needed assistance.
“While facts are being gathered by local and national law enforcement, it is difficult to accept and understand the answers to many questions surrounding the senseless act of hate that was committed.
“During these most difficult times, a tight-knit and caring community is often our best source of support and comfort. Overland Park and the entire Greater Kansas City area is a shining example of family in community. We will comfort each other, support each other, and help each other through this tragedy.
“What happened on Sunday may have broken our hearts, but it has stiffened our resolve. We go forward unified in thought, word and deed.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims lost.”