The RadioDana Diaries

Diary Entry #6: Real Grief, Real Healing with Thought Leader Mindy Corporon

February 23, 2020 Dana Wright KMBZ
The RadioDana Diaries
Diary Entry #6: Real Grief, Real Healing with Thought Leader Mindy Corporon
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The RadioDana Diaries
Diary Entry #6: Real Grief, Real Healing with Thought Leader Mindy Corporon
Feb 23, 2020
Dana Wright KMBZ

As I was sitting down to write this, I was thinking how much I wish that I knew my friend, Mindy Corporon, for a reason OTHER than the one that brought me to Mindy Corporon. Like me, Mindy is a boy mom. She is a public speaker and a wife. She has kind eyes and a soft and beautiful smile. She's the kind of woman you WANT to be friends with the second you meet her. I hadn't yet met Mindy back on April 13, 2014, when her world came crashing around her. That day, she pulled into the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas.  She got out of her car and found her father, Dr. William Corporon, and her teenage son, Reat shot to death. The pair were senselessly gunned down during a hate crime moments before.  The spree also claimed the life of a mother of three named Terri Lamano at a nearby retirement community. I remember watching Mindy, less than 24 hours after the horror unfolded, addressing a crowd of young people who had gathered for a vigil for the three victims. I remember thinking, how is she standing? How is she offering comfort to so many when her life has just been ripped out from under her?  As a member of the local media, I came to know Mindy in the years after the crime and its aftermath. Oh, how I wish the circumstances were different. Mindy continues to amaze me. She is one of the bravest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Despite what happened that day, she has continued to shine a light of hope, peace, and understanding throughout KC and beyond. Mindy Corporon is my friend. And she is Diary Entry number six....

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As I was sitting down to write this, I was thinking how much I wish that I knew my friend, Mindy Corporon, for a reason OTHER than the one that brought me to Mindy Corporon. Like me, Mindy is a boy mom. She is a public speaker and a wife. She has kind eyes and a soft and beautiful smile. She's the kind of woman you WANT to be friends with the second you meet her. I hadn't yet met Mindy back on April 13, 2014, when her world came crashing around her. That day, she pulled into the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas.  She got out of her car and found her father, Dr. William Corporon, and her teenage son, Reat shot to death. The pair were senselessly gunned down during a hate crime moments before.  The spree also claimed the life of a mother of three named Terri Lamano at a nearby retirement community. I remember watching Mindy, less than 24 hours after the horror unfolded, addressing a crowd of young people who had gathered for a vigil for the three victims. I remember thinking, how is she standing? How is she offering comfort to so many when her life has just been ripped out from under her?  As a member of the local media, I came to know Mindy in the years after the crime and its aftermath. Oh, how I wish the circumstances were different. Mindy continues to amaze me. She is one of the bravest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Despite what happened that day, she has continued to shine a light of hope, peace, and understanding throughout KC and beyond. Mindy Corporon is my friend. And she is Diary Entry number six....