‘It’s just evil,’ Community and friends mourn loss of center shooting victims

OKLAHOMA CITY – For many families, Sunday started like every other day.

Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, were heading to the Jewish Community Center for a talent audition.

Cathy Cummings said she was finishing up the details on her 39th grade school reunion after talking with her childhood friend, Terri LaManno, a month ago.

“The whole family. We were all very close,” Cathy Cummings said. “She was a therapist for visually impaired children. I mean, that just shows the kind of person she was.”

Suddenly, everything changed.

On Sunday, police say 73-year-old Frazier Cross opened fire on two separate centers, killing three people in all.

Corporon, who was a well-known Oklahoma physician and an OU graduate, was gunned down in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center.

His grandson, Reat, was also shot and killed.

Mindy Corporon, the mother and daughter of the victims, spoke at a vigil Sunday night.

She said, “And I wanna tell you how much I appreciate your being here. I heard that there was gonna be a vigil and we all grieve in different ways, and I just wanted to tell people ‘thank you.”

Cummings said, “You don’t even have words for something like that. It’s just evil.”

Police are calling the shooting rampage a hate crime, claiming Cross is a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was known to have anti-Semitic sentiments.