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Family Settles Suite with Walmart for Gun Used in Jewish Community Center Murders

SJB has helped the family of William Corporon and his grandson Reat Underwood, who were shot and killed outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, reach a confidential settlement with Walmart, which sold a gun used in the incident.

On behalf of the Corporon family, SJB alleged the murderer went to the Walmart store with another man and chose a Remington 12-gauge shotgun while at least one Walmart employee was present.

The eventual killer said he didn’t have identification and the other man completed the purchase.

“The Corporon family pursued these cases to help ensure that firearms retailers follow the law,” SJB attorney David Morantz said in a written statement on their behalf. “Straw purchases are one of the primary ways that criminals obtain firearms, and retailers must exercise vigilance in spotting and stopping suspected straw purchases.”

A similar lawsuit filed by the family of another victim of the shooting (Terri LoManno) is pending.

A statement issued by the family to announce the settlement states:  “The Corporon family is grateful for the support it has received from the community following the April 13, 2014, tragedy and will continue its efforts to honor Dr. Corporon and Reat through the Faith Alwas Wins Foundation and its annual event, SevenDays: Make a Ripple, Change the World.”.

Read the Kansas City Star article for more information.  Contact David Morantz or another SJB attorney for information about the firm and the work it does to help families in need.