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Buford Furrow back in the news

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2006 at 3:07 pm with No Comments »
August 21, 2006 3:07 pm

Before there was Naveed Haq, there was Buford Furrow.

The careful reader will recall Furrow, a former Washington state resident with ties to the Tacoma area, for his 1999 rampage at a Jewish day-care center in the Los Angeles area.


His connections to the Evergreen State include:

&bull His parents live or lived in Nisqually.

&bull He bought the van used in his crime at a car lot on South Tacoma Way.

&bull He once worked in the Eastern Washington town of Colville.

Well, Buford, pictured here, is back in the news.

The Associated Press moved this story out of Seattle today:

Five families with children who were shot or traumatized in a shooting at a Jewish center in California in 1999 have filed a $15 million claim against Washington state because the shooter was a Washington parolee.

The claim, potentially the precursor for a lawsuit, was filed Friday against the state Department of Corrections, which was then responsible for supervising Buford O. Furrow Jr., an avowed white supremacist with a history of mental illness.

Furrow, now 44 and serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Marion, Ill., had been out of prison for three months and was on probation in Washington at the time of the shooting spree Aug. 10, 1999 at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, Calif.

According to the claim, the state agency should have monitored Furrow sufficiently to prevent him from accumulating the weapons he used, failed to obtain his psychiatric records and assess his mental health, and should have given more attention to court records of his close ties to hate groups.

The Furrow claim seeks $3 million for each child — Joshua Stepakoff, now 13, Benjamin Kadish, now 12, and James Zidell, 13, all of whom were hit by gunfire, and Joshua Kadish, 16, and Nathan Powers, 11, who were described as hard-hit psychologically.

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