A community that was dealt a devastating blow is beginning to heal, starting with reopening its doors.
The Jewish Community Center, where two of Sunday's victims were killed, reopened for the first time Wednesday.
Hundreds of people use the center each day. JCC has responded to the attacks by increasing security for the time being, with more security guards and at least three Overland Park police cruisers on the grounds.
Jewish Community Center CEO Jacob Schreiber said he understands people will have fears about returning to the center, which is why the increased security is in place.
"It shows people it's not just JCC looking out for them, because we do that 24/7. But law enforcement is recognizing that people need to feel more secure."
Sunday's attacks didn't seem to deter patrons. Many of the JCC's usual visitors were there today, undeterred by the shooting tragedy.
"There were police at the entrance I came into," said Overland Park resident Amy Richardson. "And the fact that this happened outside the facility, I think was a little comforting."
Schreiber knows firsthand the effects the shootings have had on the community. He was in the building when the shots were fired.
"It was a shock to everybody, the whole Kansas City community," Schreiber said. "They felt they were really violated. Shocked, perplexed, saddened is what I would say."
The effects of these hate crimes are also being felt across the country. In a speech about active shooter situations, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the Overland Park attacks, and promised the federal government will get justice for the victims and their families.
"The Justice Department has concluded that federal hate crimes charges are appropriate in this case, and in the months ahead, we will do everything in our power to ensure that justice is served for every victim," Holder said while addressing Congress.
Holder will be in Overland Park Thursday, attending a memorial service for the three victims.
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