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Micronesians In The U.S.: A 'Hidden Minority'

Eiken Elam Saimon burst into the First Congressional Church service carrying three guns.

His first shot went into the ceiling. If he didn’t already have the attention of the 50 or so Micronesian immigrants gathered inside the Neosho, Missouri, church for a Sunday afternoon service, that did it.

A recent arrival from the tiny atoll of Pingelap, part of the state of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, the 52-year-old gunman was angry because members of his own community had berated him at a barbecue a few days earlier for not bringing food.

“That made me really mad,” Saimon said in a written statement, according to news reports at the time. “I went home and thought about how they were all talking bad about me and how much I helped all of them when they first came to the U.S. I knew they would all be at church on Sunday afternoon.”

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