Husband of Kansas City shootings victim sues gun sellers

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The husband of one of the victims of a white supremacist attack on two suburban Kansas City Jewish institutions is suing the entities that sold two shotguns used by the killer.

Jim LaManno, husband of Terri LaManno, who was killed outside the Village Shalom assisted-living facility in Overland Park, Kansas in April 2014, filed a lawsuit Monday against Walmart, Friendly Firearms LLC and the man who purchased one of the guns for the shooter, the Kansas City Star reported.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are the companies who operated the gun show where Friendly Firearms allegedly sold one of the weapons to John Mark Reidle, a friend and fellow white supremacist of the shooter, Fraizer Glenn Miller.

Miller was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the  deaths of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City in Overland Park, and LaManno, 53, outside the Village Shalom assisted-living facility. None of the victims was Jewish, but Miller assumed they were when he shot them. Miller was sentenced to death in November in the killings.


Reidle, 48, of Aurora, Missouri, pleaded guilty last fall to falsely claiming on a federal form that he was buying that gun for himself.

A former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, Miller is unapologetic about the shooting, in which he said he was trying to kill as many Jews as possible. During his trial, he waived the right to an attorney and argued the jury should find him not guilty because his shooting spree was a “patriotic attempt” to “defend my people against genocide.”

Miller told the Kansas City Star in an interview that he began planning the attacks when he became so sick with emphysema that he thought he would die soon and that he conducted reconnaissance missions of the JCC and Village Shalom in the days before the shootings.

“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he told the newspaper.

Soon after his arrest, Miller told officers that he was an anti-Semite and asked them, “How many did I get?”

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