Jewish Community Center completes auditions held day of deadly shootings
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -
The Jewish Community Center completed the auditions it was holding the day a gunman shot and killed a teen and his grandfather outside the facility.
The center announced it will complete the KC SuperStar auditions on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The competition will choose the best high school singer in the area in the style of American Idol/The Voice.
The second day of preliminary auditions was postponed following the shooting on Sunday, April 13, outside of the campus on which local teen Reat Underwood, a freshman at Blue Valley High School, and his grandfather Dr. William Corporon were killed.
"We are working closely with local and national authorities to provide an enhanced level of security to all those who visit our facility," said Jacob Schreiber, JCC president and CEO.
Those competing said auditions are always tough.
"I think it went pretty good, but I was nervous," said student Sabian Lucas.
But Wednesday's meant a lot more for everyone involved.
"I still feel really bad for those families for everybody, because it had an impact on everybody," said student Taylor Ramsey.
The Sunday shooting crossed parents' minds again as they stepped through JCC's doors.
"Just the whole ride here was probably quiet, just in quiet thought of the whole loss of life. There's a general feeling of quiet contemplation, it's a little bit heavy but hopeful," said parent Tiffany Lynch.
Up to 25 performers will be selected to compete in the KC SuperStar semifinals on Monday, June 9. Finalists selected will compete for the grand prize in an event on Sunday, Aug. 24 in Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.
The winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The scholarship awards for the other winners have also increased; the second place winner will receive $5,000, third place will get $2,500; fourth place will receive $1,000 and all other finalists will receive $500 scholarships.
Actor and comedian Rob Riggle will be the celebrity emcee for the Aug. 24 finals.
The gunman also shot and killed Terri LaManno outside Village Shalom, an assisted living facility. LaManno was visiting her elderly mother at the time.
The JCC has established a fund in memory of the victims of the April 13 tragedy. JCC staff is working with the families to determine how to appropriately allocate the funds. Go to the jcckc.org/memorial fund to make a donation.
Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., who also goes by Glenn Miller, 73, is facing a capital murder charge and a premeditated first-degree murder charge for the three deaths.
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