By Lesley Rozycki
“I want to offer my condolences to all the families trying to make sense of this difficult situation, and pledge the full support from the federal government as we heal and cope during this trying time,” President Obama said in a statement.
The president says his administration will aid in the investigation of the Kansas City area shooting that left three people dead at two local Jewish community facilities.
A 14-year-old boy and his grandfather died at the Jewish community center and a woman visiting her mother was killed at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility.
The man accused is 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan member who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder.
The shootings occurred on the eve of Passover, casting a shadow over the major Jewish spring festival. As a precaution, synagogues and temples across the country are tightening security measures.