More information is now emerging on the situation in Kansas, and it points towards a hate crime.
The shooter has been identified as Frazier Glenn Miller, from Aurora, Missouri. Travelling under the alias of Frazier Glenn Cross, Miller has long been active in the white supremacist community. At one point, he had been jailed for three years for illegal weapons, and for plotting the murder of the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Miller had also founded and run a local chapter of the Klan, until the blanket lawsuit of the SPLC shut it down.
More on this can be found here.
Miller was arrested and taken into custody at the scene.
Miller was also a US Senate candidate for Missouri in the 2010 election. He immediately drew controversy with his campaign ads, which advocated for white men to rise up against Jews and “mud people”. He was interviewed by a regional political talk show during the election, which you can see here. (Be aware: the video contains racial slurs and graphic language.)
With Holy Week upon us, and the specter of the way these observances have been used in the past, are you considering approaching them differently in light of this tragedy?