Friends and family mourned Monday the 10 people who were killed in Buffalo, New York, when a gunman opened fire on a busy supermarket in what the FBI is investigating as a racially motivated hate crime.
Thirteen people were shot dead on Saturday afternoon at a Tops Friendly Markets store in a historic Near East area of the city. Eleven of those shot were black and two were white, police said.
Authorities released the names of the victims Sunday night, including a security guard hailed as a hero for trying to arrest the shooter and a deacon who often drove customers home. Their ages range from 32 to 86 years old.
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Here is what we know of the victims:
Aaron Salter Jr.
Salter, 55, was a retired police lieutenant who spent decades with the Buffalo Police Department. He was working as a security guard at the Tops store when the shooting happened, police commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said.
Salter, of Lockport, New York, fired several shots and hit the shooter, who was wearing a bulletproof vest. The shooter returned fire, killing Salter, police said.
Gramaglia described Salter as a “beloved” security guard and “a hero in our eyes” for his actions.
“He was a hero trying to protect people in the store,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told CNN on Sunday.
Salter’s former police department colleagues said his heroism in the face of danger did not shock them.
“It’s not at all surprising to me that he did what he did yesterday,” said retired Lt. Steven Malkowski, who was Salter’s supervisor when they worked at the Division of Police Department Traffic, to The Buffalo News. “People’s lives were in danger, and he was probably the only person who was in there who could help and save people.”
Whitfield, 86, was shopping at the Tops store when she was fatally shot, according to her son, Garnell. Her daughter, Robin, described her mother as her “best friend”, who often took her fishing and camping.
She stopped for groceries after visiting her husband at a nursing home, a visit she made every day, her son said.
“She didn’t deserve this. No one deserves this,” Garnell Whitfield said Monday. “What do we tell our father?… How do we tell him the love of his life, his main guardian, the person who has kept him alive for the last eight years, how do we tell him that she’s gone? “
Whitfield, who was from Buffalo, had four children and eight grandchildren. She was a member of Durham Memorial AME Zion Church for 50 years, The New York Times reported, citing her daughter-in-law Cassietta Whitfield.
“To have her taken from us and taken from this world by someone who is full of hate for no reason … is very difficult for us to deal with right now,” Garnell Whitfield said Monday at a press conference. “We’re not just hurting. We’re angry, we’re angry. This shouldn’t have happened.”
Young, 77, of Buffalo was grocery shopping after having lunch with her sister-in-law when she was fatally shot, AL.com reported. When Young’s adult son, Damon, arrived at the store to pick up his mother, he was met with sirens and police cars in the parking lot, his niece, Jacqueline Wright, told the outlet.
At her church, Young taught Sunday school, led youth groups and was known to cook large pots of vegetable soup, The Buffalo News reported.
Young was originally from Alabama and she ran a food pantry in the Central Park neighborhood near the supermarket, feeding those in need for more than 25 years.
“Even if it was just soup and bread, whatever she could do, she would always avail herself to help people,” her brother-in-law, Bishop Glenwood Young, told the Buffalo News. “That’s what she noted for. … Her life was full of gifts.
Katherine ‘Kat’ Massey
Massey, 72, of Buffalo was an advocate for civil rights and education, her friend and former Erie County legislator Betty Jean Grant told The Buffalo News.
Her sister, Barbara, sat in front of Tops’ story for hours, dialing Kat’s phone hoping she would pick up. That evening, she discovered that Kat had passed away.
“He was a beautiful soul,” Barbara Massey told The Buffalo News.
Last year, Massey penned a letter in The Buffalo News in favor of more federal gun regulation, citing urban street violence and mass shootings.
“There must be extensive federal action/legislation to address all aspects of the issue,” she wrote. “Currently sought remedies primarily inspired by the massacres—namely, universal background checks and an assault weapons ban—essentially exclude the sources of our city’s gun problems. Illegal handguns, via out-of-state arms trafficking, are the primary culprits.”
Roberta A. Drury
Drury, 32, from Buffalo had returned home to live with her mother, Dezzelynn McDuffie, and was helping her brother recover from a bone marrow transplant, WIVB-TV reported. Drury was the youngest person who was killed.
Amanda Drury told The New York Times that her sister was “vibrant” and “always was the center of attention and had the whole room smiling and laughing”.
Patterson, 67, was a deacon at a church in Buffalo and had been to a soup kitchen before going to the Tops store, where he often offered to take people home with their bags. Pastor Russell Bell of State Tabernacle Church of God in Christ said Bell was cleaning up the church and doing whatever was necessary.
“My understanding is he was helping someone put groceries in his car when he was shot and killed,” Bell said.
Patterson was a regular at the church, The Buffalo News reported.
“Whatever he had he would give to you,” Tirzah Patterson, his wife of 13 years, told the outlet. “You ask, he’ll give it to you. If he doesn’t have it, he’ll find a way to get it or send you to the person who can give it to you. He will be greatly missed.”
Leonard Lane, the president of Buffalo FATHERS, worships at church and told WIVB that Patterson “loved God, loved his family, loved serving the community. He did that at every opportunity he could.”
Chaney, 65, of Buffalo was a breast cancer survivor, prompting her family to ask people to wear pink ribbons in her honor. She went shopping twice a month with her only son, Wayne Jones. According to The New York Times, Chaney was a single mother who worked at a costume maker, then made baseball caps, before retiring.
She went to the Tops supermarket on Saturday to pick up ingredients to make her favorite strawberry shortcake, Jones told Insider. Jones said he usually accompanied his mother to the grocery store, but stayed on Saturday because he was recovering from knee surgery.
“We went shopping, which is what we did. As I got older, I would take her shopping,” he told Insider. “The only time we didn’t go together was a tragedy.”
Mackneil, 53, of Auburn, New York, was in town visiting relatives and picking up a surprise birthday cake for his grandson.
“He never went out with the cake,” Clarissa Alston-McCutcheon said of her cousin. He was “just a loving, caring guy – loved his family, was always there for his family”.
Talley, 62, worked as an executive assistant for years and was famous for her cheesecake, People reported.
Her niece, Kesha Chapman, told People that Talley was “the sweetest person.”
Talley “loved everyone. She was always smiling. She didn’t like confrontation. She wanted everything to be easy and full of love,” Chapman said.
Talley was one of nine siblings, “an amazing sister, mother, aunt,” her younger sister, Kaye Chapman-Johnson, told ABC News.
“Our sister, we had so many plans together, so many plans, and it all just got taken away from us,” Chapman-Johnson said.
Margus D. Morrison
Morrison, 52, was from Buffalo, according to police. He was a father of three, Morrison’s mother told ABC 7 Buffalo.
Morrison had been an active bus assistant for Buffalo Schools since February 2019, Ka’Ron Barnes, special assistant to the superintendent for community relations, told USA TODAY.
Contributor: The Associated Press