Jewish Center Shooting Victim's Daughter Remembers Mother's Love

By Lindsay Clein

Published 04/24 2014 09:11PM

Updated 04/24 2014 10:08PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  The families of the Jewish Community Center shooting victims try to remain strong and push forward.

One of the three people killed during the attacks earlier this month near Kansas City was 53-year-old Terri LaManno.

LaManno's daughter attends Missouri State University.  KOLR10's Lindsay Clein sat down with Alissa LaManno Thursday and learned about the life lessons Terri spread to her family that are helping them cope.

Patient, loving and kind are just a few of the words Alissa used to describe her 53-year-old mother.

Although Terri LaManno is gone, her daughter Alissa says her positive outlook on life will always live on.

"I have no words to describe how amazing she was," says Terri LaManno's Daughter, Alissa LaManno.  "And when people talk about her, every single thing they've said was positive in what she did to affect their lives."

Terri LaManno remains in the hearts of those she knew.

"She never had anything negative to say about anybody," says LaManno.

Terri LaManno was visiting her mother at Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement community, on April 13.  It was part of her weekly routine.

"She was at the wrong place at the wrong time," says LaManno.

Terri LaManno was shot and killed in the parking lot there.  That morning was the last time Alissa heard from her mother.

"I was going to visit a nursing school with her that next day," she says.  "And I just texted her to let her know I was leaving Springfield, and she said "okay," and that's the last time I had contact with her."

A support network for the LaManno's has been a huge part of their healing.

"I come down here and there is endless support, endless love, endless 'what can we do?' says LaManno.  "And that is what's getting us through this horrific ordeal."

But it's also the lessons Terri LaManno taught her family, the lessons of love and forgiveness, that's helping keep them strong.

"She would want us to focus on tolerance and love," says LaManno.  "And most importantly forgiveness."

A way of life that Alissa says she'll continue to live by.

"I just love you so much, mom and miss you so much," she says.  "But I promise it will be my life to live out your legacy and to spread it."

Alissa did not want to comment on her mother's suspected killer.

Terri LaManno was an occupational therapist at the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired where there are now donations pouring in in her name.  There's also a scholarship fund set up in her name there as well.

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