Tops Invites Community To Participate In Moment Of Silence For Buffalo Mass Shooting Victims

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BUFFALO, NY (Erie News Now) – Tops Friendly Markets is encouraging people to join its stores in a moment of silence Saturday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m., seven days after a deadly mass shooting at its Buffalo store on Jefferson Ave.

The collective moment of tribute and reflection will honor the 10 killed and three injured:


  • Roberta A. Drury, 32, of Buffalo, New York
  • Margus D. Morrison, 52, of Buffalo, New York
  • Andre Mackneil, 53, of Auburn, New York
  • Aaron Salter, 55, of Lockport, New York
  • Geraldine Talley, 62, of Buffalo, New York
  • Celestine Chaney, 65, of Buffalo, New York
  • Heyward Patterson, 67, of Buffalo, New York
  • Katherine Massey, 72, of Buffalo, New York
  • Pearl Young, 77, of Buffalo, New York
  • Ruth Whitfield, 86, of Buffalo, New York


  • Zaire Goodman, 20, of Buffalo, New York
  • Jennifer Warrington, 50, of Tonawanda, New York
  • Christopher Braden, 55, of Lackawanna, New York

“The impact of this tragedy stretches across our community and nation. We stand together as we remember them and pray that their families may find the strength needed to heal and move forward,” said John Persons, president of Tops Friendly Markets, in a statement.

“Everyone involved deserves our thanks and our prayers,” said Persons. “To our Tops associates who did everything in their power to selflessly protect each other and our customers. To law enforcement and our first responders, we thank you for your service and bravery. To the strength of our community leaders during this incredibly difficult time. And to our neighbors and so many others that have rallied together to provide respite and support of almost every kind imaginable.”


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