BUFFALO, NY – We are learning the identities of the ten people killed, and three others injured, in the mass shooting at a Buffalo Tops Supermarket over the weekend.
Eleven of the victims are African American, two of them white and four were store employees. Law enforcement is now investigating the tragedy as a hate crime.
Here’s a look at the victims:
- 55-year-old Aaron Salter, a retired Buffalo Police officer and security guard at the store.
- 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, the former Buffalo Fire Commissioner’s mother who was on her way home from visiting her husband in a nursing home and stopped at the store to get something to eat.
- 77-year-old Pearly Young, who was among those killed by shopping for groceries. Young is known for her charitable efforts running a food pantry in the area.
- 72-year-old Katherine Massey, who’s family said she used to write for the Buffalo News.
- 67-year-old Deacon Heyward Patterson, would often help drive those in need to the grocery store.
- 65-year-old Celestine Chaney, a cancer survivor who had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
- 32-year-old Roberta A. Drury, 52-year-old Margus Morrison, 53-year-old Andre Mackneil and 62-year-old Geraldine Talley are among those victims who Buffalo Police said died.
Among those injured are 20-year-old Zaire Goodman, a 50-year-old and a 55-year-old. Of the three hurt, two have been released from the hospital.