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What we know about the victims of the Buffalo shooting

The names of the victims and messages of healing written in chalk at a makeshift memorial outside of the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday, one day after a gunman killed 10 people and injured 3 others.
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The names of the victims and messages of healing written in chalk at a makeshift memorial outside of the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday, one day after a gunman killed 10 people and injured 3 others.

They were grandmothers, fathers, sons and sisters. Some were charity volunteers. Many had deep roots in their community, relied on by their families but also by friends and strangers.

They lost their lives on Saturday as they carried out the most essential of tasks: getting food for themselves and others, at the Tops Friendly Markets grocery store on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.

The Buffalo Police Department has released its full list of the 13 people who were shot on Saturday — 10 who died and 3 who were injured.

Officials say the violence was racially motivated. Eleven of the victims are Black and two are white, authorities said. The attack is being investigated as a hate crime and an act of terrorism.

10 people were killed:

Aaron Salter

Former Buffalo Police Lt. Aaron Salter, 55, worked as a security guard at the Tops Friendly Markets grocery store.

"Salter died a hero trying to stop the shooter and protect others in the community," Mayor Byron Brown told NPR.

Salter fired at the attacker, striking him once, but the bullet was caught in body armor. Three other store employees were also killed, officials said.

Salter "cared about the community. He looked after the store," local resident Yvette Mack told WGRZ. She said he would "let us know if we was right or wrong."

Ruth Whitfield

Whitfield, 86, was the mother of a retired Buffalo fire commissioner, according to The Buffalo News.

Mayor Brown told NPR that Whitfield had visited her husband in a nursing home near the store.

She "was picking up a few items and never made it out of the supermarket," he said.

Whitfield was a "beloved wife, mother, and grandmother" and was her husband's primary caretaker, according to attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the family.

Katherine "Kat" Massey

Massey, 72, was a member of the community group We Are Women Warriors. The group held a forum in February to discuss ways to tackle youth violence after an incident in a local high school. A year earlier, the group organized a giveaway of masks and PPE for people in Buffalo.

Her sister, Barbara Massey, toldThe Buffalo News that Katherine was "a beautiful soul."

Massey had written for both the Buffalo Challenger and The Buffalo Criterion newspapers, which were established to serve the city's Black residents.

According to The Buffalo News, Massey was a frequent writer of letters to the editor in that newspaper as well.

In May 2021, she wrote about what she called "the escalating gun violence in Buffalo and many major U.S. cities."

"There needs to be extensive federal action/legislation to address all aspects of the issue," her letter to The Buffalo News read. "Current pursued remedies mainly inspired by mass killings – namely, universal background checks and banning assault weapons – essentially exclude the sources of our city's gun problems. Illegal handguns, via out of state gun trafficking, are the primary culprits."

"We lost a voice yesterday. We lost a powerful, powerful voice," Massey's longtime friend Betty Jean Grant told the paper.

Pearly Young

Young, 77, ran a weekly food pantry, according to Buffalo-born journalist Madison Carter.

"For 25 years she ran a pantry where every Saturday she fed people in Central Park. Every. Saturday. She loved singing, dancing, & being with family. She was mother, grandma, & missionary. Gone too soon," Carter wrote.

Heyward Patterson

Heyward Patterson worked as a driver who gave rides to residents to and from the grocery store and would help with their groceries.

The 67-year-old regularly attended The State Tabernacle Church of God and would stand at the doorway to welcome people into the service on Sundays, The Buffalo News reported.

Patterson was the church pastor's armor-bearer and would volunteer to clean the church every Saturday, according to the paper, and he also spent time in the soup kitchen.

"He would give the shirt off his back," his wife, Tirzah Patterson, told The Buffalo News. "That's who he is. He wouldn't hurt anybody. Whatever he had, he'd give it to you. You ask, he'll give it. If he don't got it, he'll make a way to get it or send you to the person that can give it to you. He's going to be missed a lot."

Celestine Chaney

Celestine Chaney was at the grocery store to get shrimp and strawberry shortcake. The 65-year-old was a grandmother to six and had a great-grandchild. She was also a cancer survivor, WKYC reported.

She prized her role as a grandmother most of all, The Buffalo Newsreported, with her grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 28. She was a regular churchgoer and enjoyed playing bingo and shopping.

"She was probably the sweetest person you could meet," her daughter Dominque Brown told the paper. "Very loving, very giving, very kind."

Roberta Drury

A photo of Roberta Drury, 32, who was killed in Saturday's shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo.
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Christopher Moyer
Roberta Drury, 32, who was killed in Saturday's shooting at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo.

Roberta Drury, 32, was at the supermarket to get food for dinner. She often shopped for her adoptive brother, Christopher Moyer, and his family, who lived near the Tops grocery. Moyer is recovering from leukemia, he told NPR.

"She would go to Tops for us all the time, actually," Moyer said. "We don't really have family in the area, so it was just a great help that she could do something for us like that."

"She was very vibrant," her sister Amanda Drury told The New York Times. "She always was the center of attention and made the whole room smile and laugh."

Drury had lived in the Syracuse area but was in Buffalo to be with her brother, according to Syracuse.com.

The North Syracuse Central School District said Drury had attended schools there. "The news of the shooting so close to home is devastating enough, but to learn that a member of our NorthStar family fell victim to an extremist act of hate, is unfathomable," the superintendent said in a statement. "Our hearts are broken by news of the despicable act and they go out to the families of friends of Roberta and all the victims."

Margus D. Morrison

Morrison, 52, was the father of three children, their mother told local TV news WKBW.

Andre Mackneil

The 53-year-old lived in Auburn, N.Y. He was engaged to marry Tracey Lynn Maciulewicz — who said on Saturday that Mackneil died on their son's third birthday, according to Auburn newspaper The Citizen.

Mackneil was originally from Buffalo, according to his Facebook page. He had gone to Tops to pick up a surprise birthday cake, his cousin told The Citizen. He didn't make it out alive.

Geraldine Talley

The 62-year-old lived in Buffalo.

FBI agents look at bullet impacts in a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York on Sunday, a day after a gunman shot dead 10 people.
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FBI agents look at the bullet impacts at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, on Sunday.

3 people were wounded

Their injuries were deemed non-life threatening. Two of them are no longer in the hospital.

Zaire Goodman of Buffalo, N.Y. – age 20 (treated and released from ECMC)

Jennifer Warrington of Tonawanda, N.Y. – age 50 (treated and released from ECMC)

Christopher Braden of Lackawanna, N.Y. – age 55

Nicole Hernandez contributed reporting.

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