Corporon Family Statement

Corporon Family Statement

Our family learned in the late evening hours of May 3, 2021, that the convicted murderer who took the lives of our family members, William L Corporon MD and Reat Griffin Underwood as well as the life of Teresa LaManno on April 13, 2014, had died of natural causes. We choose to not use his name ensuring he occupies zero percent of our consciousness.

We offer gratitude to the first responders, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, police, detectives and the Johnson County District Attorney’s office for their assistance with all matters relating to the soulful lives taken and the capture and conviction of the shooter. A jury of his peers convicted him. A judge sentenced him to death row, and this is where he took his last breath.

The murderer took the lives of two Methodists and a Catholic while intending to murder Jews. No one should have lost their lives at his hands.

We are neither happy nor sad. He stole so much from our family, but he didn’t steal our hearts or our dignity. He did not steal our memories, the love that sustains us or the ability to offer forgiveness and kindness in the face of such tragedy.

With shear grit, determination and faith, our family forgave this murderer his sins against us. In no way does this forgiveness mean that his actions were correct. Our forgiveness releases the hate from our own hearts. Hate comes in all shapes and sizes, all colors and creeds. We pray that our healing journey helps others move forward during their own struggles and challenges. Don’t allow hate to occupy your heart or mind. It will rot you from the inside out. This murderer was rotten to his core. At no time did he ask for our forgiveness or offer regret for his actions.  He was taught to hate by his own father from the time he was young.  Only knowing how to hate another drove him to murder. This is heartbreaking.

We are sad. We miss our family, Bill (aka Popeye) and Reat. But we don’t carry the weight of hate in our hearts.

As Christians and people of faith we learned the Gospels. The Gospels taught us to forgive.

On May 3, Healing a Shattered Soul, a memoir by Mindy Corporon was published. The fact that this memoir – Mindy’s faithful journey of courageous kindness after the trauma and grief of domestic terrorism was published on the same day the murderer who inflicted horrendous pain into our lives, died, is not lost on us. In fact, we feel even more connected to our family members in Heaven with each passing minute.

Typically, we have answered the question about “closure” to say that there is no closure when you lose a loved one. In the same way, you lose a limb, you learn to live without it. We are thankful that the court system, media and our families no longer have any need to concern themselves with a potential appeal from the convicted.

Thank you for your prayers upon our family and others who suffer at the consequences of hate. We each have a responsibility to love our neighbor. Our family started the Faith Always Wins Foundation to promote dialogue for the betterment of our world through kindness, faith and healing. Our work will continue.

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  • May 4, 2021
    Cecelia Prewett

    ❤️ much love

  • May 5, 2021
    Ginny Zimmerman

    Beautifully said. May God continue to watch over you and your family and give you strength

  • May 5, 2021
    Lirel Holt

    Your friends and interested parties are glad the family has made a statement. The words are straightforward and human. Thank you for showing the way for those who grieve.

  • May 5, 2021
    Todd Hutson

    Powerful statement Mindy!! Love it!!
    Prayers to you and your family!!

  • May 5, 2021
    Mike Udermann

    Hi Mindy –

    Thank you for your continued grace, even though your hearts are broken for the loss you and your family have experienced, your statement “we each have a responsibility to love our neighbor” shows, truly, where your beliefs lay, at the hands of our God!

  • May 5, 2021
    Allie D

    Beautifully written and said!

  • May 5, 2021
    jeff misel

    Doc Corporan was one of the best people that you would ever meet. He was so proud of Rhett. We held long conversations while working together at golden valley hospital. I am sending prayers to your family.

  • May 5, 2021
    Adrienne Liebergen

    What a beautiful statement Mindy. You and your family are a great example of forever faith.

  • May 6, 2021

    G-d bless.

  • May 7, 2021
    Melba Detmer

    Beautiful words Mindy. You continue to bring Hope in our troubled world. Continued prayers for you and your family as you keep moving forward. You are a beautiful person and an inspiration to all. Thank you for your courage, strength and messages to always choose kindness. ❤️🙏😇

  • May 17, 2021
    Joan Wells

    Mindy you are right that the timing of your book release was no accident and proof that faith always wins.


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