State and federal authorities are now investigating shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas.
Frazier Cross Jr. is accused of fatally shooting three people Sunday. Witnesses say the 73-year-old was yelling “Heil Hitler” as police arrested him.
The attack in Kansas comes as the Jewish community prepares to celebrate Passover. The most observed holiday in the Jewish faith begins tonight at sundown.
“It really hits close on many levels to us,” says Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.
Des Moines’ Jewish community shares close ties to the Kansas City area.
“I actually have family in that area, but there is that feeling in the Jewish community that we’re all connected and I think we all feel the pain when things happen,” he says.