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New York authorities have identified the victims of Saturday’s attack by a White supremacist in Buffalo that left 10 people dead.
Several of the victims killed at the Tops Friendly Market were community members or had personal connections with those who actively serviced the local community, including a local food pantry chef and the mother of the city’s former fire commissioner.
Police said that all but one victim were over 50 years old and that eleven victims were black while two were white.
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Aaron SalterRetired police officer and 55-year-old he was killed while serving as security guard at the grocery store.
Police said that Payton Gendron (18, an accused gunman) fired several shots into the Tops Friendly Market parking lot. Salter then responded and fired several rounds at the gunman.
Police said that some of the bullets hit Gendron’s bulletproof vest, before he fired back, eventually hitting Salter and killing him.
On Sunday, Joseph Gramaglia, Buffalo Police Commissioner, called Salter “a true Hero” during a press conference.
Gramaglia stated, “There could be more victims if he didn’t take his actions.”
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Pamela Pritchett (55), told the New York Post her mother, Pearl YoungAfter leaving to shop for groceries, she never returned and left, 77-year old Judith was among the dead.
“You don’t expect this when your mother goes grocery shopping,” said Pritchett, according to the outlet.
Young was a local food pantry chef and worked as a substitute teacher for children around the suspect’s age, Pritchett also told the outlet.
Ruth Whitfield86 year old Judith was also among the victims. She stopped at the grocery store while returning from visiting her husband at a nursing facility. Her son Garnell Whitfield, a former Buffalo Fire Commissioner, reported the incident to the outlet.
Garnell explained to the New York Post that “Yesterday she was leaving her nursing home, and stopped at the shop around the corner when this occurred.”
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Former fire commissioner stated that his mother spent eight years caring for her husband at the nursing home.
“Everyday” [she was]Garnell stated that she was taking care of her dad. “She dedicated her entire adult life to her family, and in particular the past eight years to him.
“She encouraged me to be a man God and to do what I could to make the world a better place. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her,” Garnell added.
Andre Mackneil, 53, was in town visiting relatives when she went to the Tops grocery store to pick up a cake for his grandson’s birthday, police said.
Mackneil didn’t make it to his home, so the surprise cake was meant to be a surprise.
Clarissa Alston McCutcheon, Clarissa’s cousin said to officials that he had never come out with the cake.
Mackneil was a “loving and caring guy.” He loved his family. He was always there to support his family,” she said.
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Heyward Patterson, 67, a deacon of a local church was also among the victims, after he was serving at the church’s food kitchen and stopped by the grocery store for additional supplies.
“From what I understand, Patterson was helping someone to put their groceries in their cars when he was shot, killed,” stated Pastor Russell Bell. He also said that Patterson often gave his time to help people “outof love.”
Bell said, “Our hearts are broken.” “Deacon Patterson was a man who loved people,” Bell said. He loved his church as much as he loved his community.
Roberta Drury, 32, was the youngest victim that was killed during Saturday’s attack.
Dezzelynn McDuffie, Drury’s mother, told officials her daughter left to get groceries Saturday and never returned. She initially found out about her daughter’s death while watching news coverage and videos of the shooting circulating online.
McDuffie claimed that she witnessed the suspect shoot her daughter outside of the store in one video.
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Geraldine Talley, 62, entered the Tops Family Market with her fiancée on Saturday, and only separated for a brief moment before the shooting spree began. Officials said that the two didn’t reunite after she was shot fatally.
Talley’s sister Kaye Chapman Johnson was not present at the store when the shooting occurred. She told ABC News that she was “devastated” at the loss of her “an incredible sister, mother.” [and] aunt.”
“I’m so mad, I feel devastated. During an interview, she said that this is a very difficult time for her family. “Our sister, we had so much planned together, so many ideas, and now everything has been taken from us.
She added, “Our lives will never be the same again.” She was an incredible woman. “I will miss her so much.”
Talley’s fiancée survived the shooting.
Katherine MasseyHer sister reported that 72-year old Judith, an activist from the area and retired worker from Blue Cross Blue Shield was also killed in this attack.
Massey was the secretary of her neighbor association. Her sister said Massey was “a beautiful soul”, according to the New York Post.
Kay Savyy shared on Facebook the news that her grandmother had died. Celestine ChaneySaturday, 65-year-old Freddie was shot to death.
“I am so heartbroken… my grandma was murdered basically for the color of her skin in 2022,” the post read.
Margus MorrisonWKBK also heard that his 52-year old mother, who was also a mother to his children, was also among the victims. His three children survived him.
Zaire Goodman (20), of Buffalo; Jennifer Warrington, 50, Tonawanda; and Christopher Braden (55) of Lackawanna were all wounded in the shooting incident, but they did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
Officials said that the attack was likely motivated by racial motivation because both the victims and the area were predominantly black.
Gendron was charged for first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty. He was placed under arrest and is expected to return to court on Thursday.
This report was compiled by the Associated Press.
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