GETZVILLE, NY — The Buffalo supermarket security guard who was shot and killed while trying to arrest the gunman in a racist attack on May 14 will be laid to rest on Wednesday as the country grapples with another massacre at a Texas school that killed 19 children and two adults.
The Buffalo Police Department will honor retired officer Aaron Salter with a presentation of honors, according to the Getzville Chapel, where the funeral service will be held.
Services are also planned for Pearl Young, a 77-year-old grandmother, great-grandmother and substitute teacher who was dedicated to her church.
Salter, 55, from Lockport, worked as a security guard at Tops Friendly Market and shot the shooter several times before being shot and killing himself. At least one of Salter’s bullets hit the 18-year-old shooter’s armored vest but did not pierce, police said.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia called Salter “a true hero.”
Young taught Sunday school at her church, was a longtime volunteer at her soup kitchen, and worked as a substitute teacher in Buffalo Public Schools.
Her brother-in-law, Bishop Glenwood H. Young, of the 2nd Church of God in Christ in the Western New York jurisdiction, said she was known for baking cookies and cakes, leading groups youth and speak as a licensed missionary in the denomination. .
“It was apparently her purpose in life, anything she could do to help someone,” Bishop told the Buffalo News. Services are provided at Elim Christian Fellowship in Buffalo.
Salter and Young were among 10 black people killed when a white gunman wearing a body armor and a helmet-mounted camera targeted shoppers and store workers in a predominantly black neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon. Three other people were injured in the attack, which federal authorities are investigating as a hate crime.
The alleged shooter, Payton Gendron, of Conklin, has been charged with murder and is being held without bail.
Texas authorities say 18-year-old Salvador Ramos attacked Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday, opening fire with an AR-style rifle. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed.
In Buffalo, the funeral of Geraldine Talley, 62, is scheduled for Friday. Ruth Whitfield, 86, will be buried on Saturday. Reverend Al Sharpton must deliver these eulogies.