A former Ku Klux Klan leader will face hate crime charges for a shooting rampage at two Jewish centers in Kansas on Sunday.
Three people were killed, including an Oklahoma native and his teenage grandson.
Doctor William Lewis Corporon, a former Duncan, Oklahoma physician was among those killed.
Jari Askins, who formerly ran for Oklahoma governor and served many years as a judge is from Duncan and has known Dr. Bill Corporon for nearly 30 years.
“He was actually my family physician in Duncan. I think he practiced medicine there for more two decades,” said Askins.
Askins says Corporon and his wife also directed a number of musicals in Duncan, so it was fitting that Dr. Corporon was taking his grandson to a talent audition at the Jewish Community Center when they were shot and killed in the parking lot.
“It just reminded me of how interested Bill was in making sure that all talents of all young people had the opportunity to be expressed.” said Askins.
The suspect, 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross is well-known to hate and terror-monitoring groups.
He reportedly yelled “Heil Hitler” while being arrested.
Askins says it is so senseless.
“It is just a real tragedy.” said Askins.