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NYC leaders pledge support for the Jewish community after Kansas City shooting

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New York City politicians expressed their condolences for three people who were killed on Sunday at a Jewish community center and nearby senior facility in Kansas City, the day before Passover.

On Sunday afternoon, Frazier Glen Cross, 73, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, who has a history of anti-Semitism, shot and killed two people in a parking lot in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City's campus, The Kansas City Star reported. He shot a third person at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility.

"On behalf of New York City, we'd like to offer condolences as well as our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tragic incident this afternoon in the greater Kansas City area, as well as their families and the entire Jewish community," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Sunday.

"The NYPD is taking all steps to ensure the safety and security of Jewish individuals and institutions as Passover is being ushered in," de Blasio continued.

The JCC asked people to change their profile pictures to their logo in a show of solidarity for the families and friends of the victims. "Our hearts go out to the families who have suffered loss on this tragic day," the JCC stated on its Facebook page. "Our heartfelt gratitude as well to all those in Kansas City and around the world who have expressed sympathy, concern and support."

New York City leaders of all backgrounds condemned the shooting. "Shooting by neo-Nazi in Kansas, day before start of Passover, reminds us that the struggle for liberation is on-going," New York City Council Member Mark Levine, who is also Jewish, tweeted on Sunday.

"My heart is heavy," New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tweeted. "The hate fueled murders in Kansas City are a reminder of the road yet to travel. My thoughts are with all those impacted."

"So sad to learn about the killings in Kansas today," Letitia James tweeted. "Anti-Semitism has no place in America. Let's unite against bigotry & violence."

The tragedy also saw religious solidarity. Brooklyn resident Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American Muslim who is the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, condemned the shootings.

"As a Muslim I know how it feels 2 live in fear after an attack on a mosque," Sarsour tweeted. "Sending courage and love to Jewish sisters and brothers."

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