Chicago Tribune reporter who grew up in Overland Park reflects on JCC shooting

Mitch Smith, a Chicago Tribune reporter who graduated from Blue Valley High School, wrote a story this week reflecting on Sunday’s fatal triple shooting in Overland Park.

“On Facebook and Twitter, my friends and former teachers mourned the loss of life, told stories about Reat and repeated variations on the line you always hear when an act of hate interrupts the most normal of days in the most normal of places: “I never thought it could happen here,” wrote Smith, a 2009 graduate of Blue Valley High.

Nothing like that could ever happen in KC, he wrote, echoing the thoughts of many.

But after Sunday’s shooting: “That’s when the Overland Park I thought I knew — the place that I still consider home, the place that somehow seemed immune from the horrid crime that plagues so many other cities — suddenly ceased to exist.

And if it can happen there, nothing’s sacred.”


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