Survivors remember bias-motivated shootings 10 years ago

Monday marks 10 years since a hate-motivated shooting spree that killed one person and wounded five others in the San Fernando Valley. 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. Sixteen-year-old Josh Stepakoff was one of the boys wounded.

Joshua Stepakoff: "I am often asked how the shooting affected me and how it made me feel about being Jewish – since Furrow had said that he was sending a wake-up call to America saying to kill Jews. He was trying to spread his message of hate, but instead what I received were messages of love and support from people across the country, and across the world."

Stepakoff joined Joseph Ileto’s family and civic and community leaders for an event marking the anniversary at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California. Buford Furrow, Jr. eventually pleaded guilty to the shooting and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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