KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reat Griffin Underwood’s greatest wish was to sing the national anthem at Kauffman Stadium.
That wish came true Saturday.
Sadly, Reat, a 14-year-old high school freshman also known by Reat Losen, wasn’t able to experience it while alive. He was ruthlessly gunned down in a suspected hate crime April 13 in the suburb of Overland Park, Kan.
A video of Reat performing the national anthem was shown on the stadium scoreboard prior to the Royals-Yankees game. The crowd, believed to be nearly 30,000 strong, remained on its feet and cheered for several moments after the video completed.
Reat was shot along with his grandfather, 69-year-old William Corporon, as they were getting out of Corporon’s truck in the Jewish Community Center parking lot. Frazier Glen Cross, a former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, allegedly opened fire on Reat and his grandfather, killing them instantly.
Cross, 73, also allegedly shot and killed 53-year-old Terri LaManno outside the nearby Village Shalom Jewish retirement home.
Cross has been charged with capital murder and is being held on $10 million bail.
Reat and his grandfather were arriving at the JCC so Reat could perform in a singing competition styled after "American Idol."
The video of Reat singing the anthem was recorded last August at a breakfast for the Blue Valley Educational Foundation at the Overland Park Convention Center.
Also before the game, Royals pitchers James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas presented flowers to family members of the victims.