Vice President Kamala Harris finally awaits funeral of Buffalo shooting victim


BUFFALO, NY — The last of the victims of a racist attack by a gunman on a Buffalo supermarket will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Ruth Whitfield, 86, is the oldest of the 10 people killed. Whitfield is expected to be celebrated by civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton at a service attended by Vice President Kamala Harris.

Whitfield was inside Tops Friendly Market after visiting her 68-year-old husband at a nursing home on May 14 when a gunman identified by police as 18-year-old Payton Gendron opened fire.

Authorities said Gendron, who is white, targeted the store three hours from his home in Conklin because it is in a predominantly black neighborhood.

A total of 13 people were shot in the attack that federal authorities are investigating as a hate crime. Three people survived.

Whitfield was the mother of former Buffalo Fire Marshal Garnell Whitfield. His funeral will be held at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo.

Gendron is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond. His lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf.

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