Reminders of '06 Seattle shooting after Kansas City attack

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 6:40 AM

SEATTLE -- Celie Brown tried to avoid the news Sunday, preferring to focus on cooking for Passover.  But the news that broke during the day was shocking and troubling enough for her to turn to technology, and discover the truth taking place in Kansas City.

"This is our holiday of freedom," said Brown, "To have something like this happen on this holiday, it's horrifying."

Brown is referring to the shootings at an Overland Park, KS. Jewish center that left three people dead.  The 73-year-old suspect is believed to have ties to white supremacist groups.

"It's most defnitely a hate crime," commented Brown, "He was looking for a Jew to kill.  That's what's most horrifying, and that's what happened here in Seattle."

Brown chairs the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, an organization that experienced its own gun-related tragedy in 2006, when a man walked into the group's Belltown offices and shot six people, killing one.

"I don't think you ever forget or technically move forward from a tragedy like that," said Brown, "We'll repair the world, that's our job.  We'll continue to do that until we finally make progress."

Since the 2006 tragedy, the Jewish Federation has held annual memorials for Pam Waechler, who died in the attack, and the other five shooting victims who survived.

It also has joined in the push for gun rights legislation and provided support for initatives as well.

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