Buffalo shooting victims: Former police officer, community advocate among 10 killed – National

A former police officer, Buffalo’s mother, an 86-year-old former New York fire commissioner, and a grandmother who fed the needy for decades are among those killed in a racist attack by a gunman Saturday in a Buffalo grocery store.

The Buffalo Police Department released the names of the 10 victims who died in the shooting Sunday night. Three people were also injured. Eleven people shot were black and two were white, authorities said. The racial breakdown of the dead was not made clear.

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The suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, surrendered on Saturday. The deceased included:

pearly young

Young, 77, ran a food pantry in Buffalo’s Central Park neighborhood for 25 years, according to a reporter’s tweet. Young was a grandmother and missionary who loved “singing, dancing” and being with family, according to Madison Carter’s tweet.

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Ruth Whitfield

Whitfield, 86, was the mother of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield. She had visited her husband in a nursing home and was on her way home when he stopped in Tops, according to television station WGRZ.


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Margus D. morrison

Morrison was 52 years old and from Buffalo.

Andre Mackneil

Mackneil was 53 years old and lived in Auburn, New York, about 120 miles east of Buffalo.

Aaron Salter

Salter, 55, was a former Buffalo police officer who worked as a security guard in Tops after retiring, according to television station WKBW. Salter shot the shooter, who was wearing a bulletproof vest and was not injured by the shot, according to WKBW.

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Geraldine Talley

Talley was 62 years old and lived in Buffalo.

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Katherine “Kat” Massey

Massey, 72, was an advocate for the black community in Buffalo, according to the Buffalo News, to whom she frequently wrote letters, including one last year advocating for more federal action and legislation to address gun violence.

Massey was a member of “We Are Women Warriors,” according to the Buffalo News.

Roberta Drury

Roberta Drury, 32, moved to Buffalo from the Syracuse, New York, area to be with her older brother after his bone marrow transplant, her sister, Amanda Drury, said via Facebook Messenger. Roberta helped him with her bar, The Dalmatia, and with her family, Amanda Drury said.

“She was vibrant and outgoing, she could talk to anyone,” Drury said.

Heyward Patterson

Patterson, 67, was known as “Jitney” because he drove people to and from the Tops grocery store and helped them with their purchases, according to the Buffalo News. He was also a deacon in the church.

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matchmaker chaney

Chaney, 65, went to Tops to buy strawberries to make cakes, said his son, Wayne Jones. The New York Times. Chaney was visiting her sister, Jones said.

The three injured in the shooting were:

Zaire Goodman:

A 20-year-old who worked at the Tops store was shot in the neck but survived, his grandfather, Charles Everheart, told Reuters. Everheart said Goodman was pushing shopping carts toward the store when he was struck. Goodman was treated and released from the Erie County Medical Center.

Jennifer Warrington

Warrington is 50 years old and is from Tonawanda, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. She was treated and released from the Erie County Medical Center.

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Christopher Braden

Braden is 55 years old and is from Lackawanna, New York, outside of Buffalo.

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