This is the first day of Passover, and in Kansas, it is also the first full day for some to accept the reality that they will never see some of their family members again.
The shootings began around 1 p.m. Sunday in a Jewish community center's parking lot in metropolitan Kansas City. A 14-year-old boy and his grandfather who drove him there for a singing audition were killed on the spot.
The gunman then went to a Jewish retirement community where he shot and killed a woman visiting her mother. She was a Catholic. The other two victims were Methodists.
Why even mention that?
Because their assassin clearly intended these deaths to be symbolic of his raging anti-Semitism. Frazier Glenn Cross has spent most of his 73 years devoted to white supremacy and a hatred of Jews. He had been a leader of a Ku Klux Klan group and, yet, the only thing he ever did that brought him national attention was to mistakenly murder three Christians.
To them I say, shalom.
I'm Pat McMahon.