Anniversary of bias-motivated shootings in San Fernando Valley

Ten years ago Monday, white supremacist Buford Furrow, Jr. fired on a woman, a teenage girl, and three boys attending day camp at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. He later shot and killed Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto in Chatsworth.

Ileto’s mother Lilian said she still remembers talking to her son earlier that morning.

Lilian Ileto: "If only I knew that my phone conversation was going to be the last one with Joseph, I would not have ended our conversation so briefly, but tell him that I’m so proud of him, and he meant so much to me, that I love him very much, and I miss him so much."

Ileto said her son was working on his day off, as he often did, to cover the postal route of a co-worker. She joined survivors of the shootings from the Jewish Community Center for an event marking the anniversary at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. Buford Furrow, Jr. eventually pleaded guilty to the shootings and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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