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Funerals for Buffalo shooting victims begin


Funerals for several victims of the Buffalo, New York, shooting begin to take place.

Ten people, all black, have been killed in a mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in an attack authorities say was a “racially motivated hate crime”.

The victims included four grocery store employees as well as six customers, several of whom were regulars at the store, according to the Buffalo Police Department and those who knew them.

Heyward Patterson

Deacon Heyward Patterson’s funeral will begin at noon Friday at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church. Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton and other community leaders are expected to make an appearance at the service.

Patterson’s family described him as a loving person.

“An honorable man. A family man. Worker. A man from the community. An honest man who was in a grocery store in a parking lot,” a relative of Patterson said in an interview with ABC affiliate WKBW.

He leaves behind a wife and a daughter.

Roberta Drury

Roberta Drury’s family will hold her funeral Saturday at the Church of the Assumption in Syracuse.

Her sister Amanda Drury described her as a “vibrant and outgoing” woman who could “talk to anyone” in an interview with ABC News.

An online obituary states that Drury “couldn’t walk a few steps without meeting a new friend. She made sure everyone in the room was having a good time, ready to laugh and hug at a moment’s notice.”

Katherine “Kat” Massey

Katherine “Kat” Massey’s funeral will be held Monday, May 23 at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.

Massey was a civil rights activist who worked tirelessly to improve Buffalo’s black community.

“She is in the truest sense of the word, a warrior,” Betty Jean Grant, a friend and community activist, told WKBW. “She loved working and she loved helping people.”

Sharon Belton-Cottman, a Buffalo school board member and community activist who worked with Massey in the community group We are Women Warriors, told ABC News she was determined to rename Massey Street after her late friend.

Celestine Chaney

Celestine Chaney, mother and grandmother of six children, will be buried on Tuesday, May 24 at Elim Christian Fellowship.

Chaney’s son, Wayne Jones, told the Buffalo News, “If people’s moms are still around, don’t get too caught up in social media and the world to pick up the phone and talk to your mom or dad. “

Aaron W. Salter

Services for Aaron W. Salter Jr. will begin Tuesday at Amigone Funeral Home.

Salter, a retired Buffalo police officer, was killed after confronting the shooter, who entered the store wearing military fatigues, body armor and a tactical helmet.

He was hailed as a hero for his actions against the suspected Buffalo shooter.

Salter retired from the police department several years ago and had been a “beloved” member of Tops as a security guard, according to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.

“He took responsibility for protecting customers and store employees,” Gramaglia said. “And he did exactly what he signed up to do.”

Pearl L. Young

Pearl L. Young’s funeral will be held Wednesday at the Elim Christian Fellowship.

In a phone interview with ABC News, her sister, Mary Craig, said Young “was such a beautiful, sweet woman.”

Young raised three children — two sons and a daughter — and served as a long-term substitute teacher for the Buffalo Public School District and Emerson School of Hospitality.

“She loved her children, her family and her family at COGIC Church of the Good Samaritan. She was a true pillar in the community,” the family said in a statement to ABC News.

Margus D. Morrison

Services will be held for Margus D. Morgan on Friday, May 27 at True Bethel Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

In a text message, Cassandra Demps, his daughter-in-law, told ABC News that he was “an amazing dad, a wonderful partner” who was “funny” and “always ready to help his family.”

Morrison is “a soul who will always be missed,” she added.

ABC News’ Will McDuffie, Julia Jacobo and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

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