Kansas City, MO (KCTV) -- Hundreds of mourners have filled a Leawood church to celebrate the lives of a promising teen performer and his adoring grandfather gunned down at the Jewish Community Center.
Reat Underwood, 14, and his 69-year-old grandfather, William Lewis Corporon, died last Sunday. They had just arrived at the facility where Reat was auditioning in a singing competition. A white supremacist is accused of killing Reat, Corporon and a third person at the nearby Village Shalom assisted-living center.
Reat's father and brother shared personal stories and struggled to contain their emotions.
A gifted singer and actor, Reat was an honor student and lettered in debate.
He drew accolades when he sang the National Anthem before a major educational meeting in the district.
A star extinguished too soon on earth, but his family says he now shines down on them from heaven.
Corporon was a longtime doctor who moved to the Kansas City area to be closer to his grandchildren. He eagerly agreed to take Reat to the singing competition.
The two attended United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood where Friday's service is being held.
Will Corporon, who lost his father and nephew, spoke of the family's unbearable loss and celebrated special memories of his father. He said the family draw comfort knowing the two are now in heaven hunting together.
"We ache and we cry and scream and we also smile and we laugh and we hug," he said.
Donations can be made to the Blue Valley Education Foundation, the Church of the Resurrection KiDS COR, Boy Scouts of America and Operation Breakthrough.
Posted by: Nick Viviani