Ten years ago today, a white supremacist went on a shooting spree that wounded five people at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. He later shot and killed Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto.
At an event at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center Monday, Ileto’s brother Ishmael said the family still struggles with Joseph Ileto’s death because it was motivated by hatred.
Ishmael Ileto: "We like to describe him as a Filipino-American postal worker. Many times after the event, he was merely described as a postal worker, which gave our family, our community, a sense of invisibility, a sense of being overlooked, as if we don’t count. He was killed because of the color of his skin."
Since the shooting, the Ileto family has worked to strengthen anti-hate crime laws. The gunman, Buford Furrow, Jr., eventually pleaded guilty to the shooting and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.