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April 15, 2014

Local Jews grieve for victims of Kansas shooting

Members of the Oneonta Jewish community said that they didn’t think the recent shootings in Kansas were of particular concern to this area.

On Sunday, 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, a former “grand dragon” of the Ku Klux Klan, attacked a Jewish community center near Kansas City armed with a shotgun and pistol, killing three people before surrendering to police.

Temple Beth El cantorial soloist Barbara Roberts said from what she has heard, it seemed like an isolated incident.

“We are fortunate to have a strong, caring community,” she said. “We can be proud of who we are.”

Rabbi Meir Rubashkin, co-director of the Chabad of Oneonta, said he is still gathering the facts, but he also noted the isolated nature.

The best way to deal with these kinds of incidents is to “be proud of who you are and grow as a community. You can’t live your life in fear,” he said. “The best way to counteract darkness is light.”

Oneonta police Lt. Douglas Brenner said there is no reason for any change in policing as a result, and said he can’t recall any specific threat against an individual ethnic group or religion.

However, these types of active shooter incidents are a growing trend in this county, he said. As a result, the department is putting more emphasis on keeping officers trained on how to handle such events so they will be better prepared to respond if necessary.

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