Skip to content
Buffalo shooting victims identified include police officer, deacon and local pantry chef


NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

New York authorities identified the 10 victims killed Saturday afternoon when a self-described white supremacist opened fire at a Buffalo grocery store.

Several of the victims killed at Tops Friendly Market were members of the community or had personal ties to those who actively served the local community, including a local pantry chef and the mother of the town’s former fire marshal. .

All but one of the victims were over the age of 50 and eleven of the victims were black, while two were white, police said.

BUFFALO SHOOTING: 10 DEAD IN MASS NY KILLING STREAMING ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM TWITCH: LIVE UPDATES

Aaron Salter55, a retired police officer, was among the first people killed while serving as a security guard for the grocery store.

After accused shooter Payton Gendron, 18, fired multiple shots in the parking lot of Tops Friendly Market, Salter responded and fired multiple rounds at the shooter, police said.

Some of those bullets hit Gendron in his body armor before he fired back, eventually hitting and killing Salter, police said.

Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)
(Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)

At a press conference Sunday, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia called Salter “a true hero.”

“There could have been more casualties without his actions,” Gramaglia added.

BUFFALO MASS SHOOTING: TIMELINE OF GROCERY STORE ATTACK POLICE SAID WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED

Pamela Pritchett, 55, told the New York Post that her mother, young pearl77, was among those killed, after going shopping and never coming back.

“You don’t expect this when your mom goes shopping,” Pritchett said, according to the outlet.

Young was a local pantry chef and worked as a substitute teacher for children the age of the suspect, Pritchett also told the outlet.

Buffalo shooting victims identified include police officer, deacon and local pantry chef

This photo dated October 24, 2011 shows Katherine Massey walking near the corner of Elmwood and Tupper in Buffalo, NY {Robert Kirkham/The Buffalo News via AP)
(Robert Kirkham/The Buffalo News via AP)

Ruth Whitefield86, was also among the victims after she stopped at the grocery store on her way home from visiting her husband at a nursing home, said her son, Garnell Whitfield, a former Buffalo fire marshal.

“Yesterday she was leaving the nursing home, stopped at the corner store when it happened,” Garnell told the New York Post.

BUFFALO ALLEGED SHOOTER ATTACK LIKELY PLANNED MONTHS IN ADVANCE, AUTHORITIES SAY

The former fire marshal said his mother had spent the past eight years caring for her husband in the care home.

“Every day [she was] to take care of my dad,” Garnell said, according to the outlet. “She has dedicated her entire life to her family, but specifically the last eight years to him.”

“She inspired me to be a man of God and to do whatever I do the best that I could. I couldn’t have done it without her,” Garnell added.

Buffalo shooting victims identified include police officer, deacon and local pantry chef

People gather outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Andre MacNeil53, was in town visiting relatives when she went to Tops grocery store to buy a cake for her grandson’s birthday, police said.

The cake was supposed to be a surprise for the boy, but Mackneil never made it home.

“He never went out with the cake,” his cousin Clarissa Alston-McCutcheon told officials.

Mackneil was “just a loving, caring guy. He loved his family. He was always there for his family,” she added.

BUFFALO MASS SHOOTING: ERIE COUNTY DA SAYS DOMESTIC TERRORISM CHARGES ARE POSSIBLE IN GROCERY STORE ATTACK

Heyward PattersonA 67-year-old deacon from a local church was also among the victims, after serving in the church kitchen and stopping at the grocery store for extra supplies.

“My understanding is that he was helping someone put groceries in his car when he was shot and killed,” said Pastor Russell Bell, who also told officials Patterson regularly donated. of his time to serve people “out of love”.

“Our hearts are broken,” Bell added. “Deacon Patterson was a man who loved people. He loved the community as much as he loved the church.”

Buffalo shooting victims identified include police officer, deacon and local pantry chef

Payton Gendron
(Erie County DA/AP Photo)

Roberta Drury32, was the youngest victim killed in Saturday’s attack.

Dezzelynn McDuffie, Drury’s mother, told authorities that her daughter left for groceries on Saturday and never returned. She first learned of her daughter’s death by watching news reports and videos of the shooting circulating online.

In a video, McDuffie said he saw the alleged suspect fatally shoot his daughter outside the store.

NEW YORK POLICE SAYS 13 PEOPLE SHOT, 10 DEAD IN ‘MASS SHOOTING’ AT BUFFALO GROCERY

Geraldine Talley, 62, walked into Tops Family Market with her fiancée on Saturday and only separated for a brief moment before the shooting began. The two did not reunite before she was fatally shot, officials said.

Kaye Chapman-Johnson, Talley’s sister, who was not at the store at the time of the shooting, told ABC News she was “devastated” by the loss of “a sister, mother, [and] aunt.”

“I’m so angry, just devastated. It’s so difficult for our family right now,” she told the outlet in an interview. “Our sister, we had so many plans together, so many plans, and it all just got stripped away from us.

“Our lives will certainly never be the same again,” she added. “She was truly an incredible woman. And I will miss her very much.”

Talley’s fiancee survived the shooting.

Catherine MasseyThe 72-year-old local activist and retired Blue Cross Blue Shield was also killed in the attack, her sister told officials.

Massey was secretary of her neighboring association and “a beautiful soul,” her sister told the New York Post.

Buffalo shooting victims identified include police officer, deacon and local pantry chef

Flowers and candles lie in front of the scene of a supermarket shooting, in Buffalo, NY, on Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kay Savyy wrote on Facebook that her grandmother, Celestine Chaney65, was shot and killed on Saturday.

“I am so heartbroken… my grandmother was murdered basically for the color of her skin in 2022,” the post read.

margus morisson, 52, was also killed in the attack, the mother of his children told WKBK. He is survived by his three children.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Zaire Goodman, 20, of Buffalo, Jennifer Warrington, 50, of Tonawanda, and Christopher Braden, 55, of Lackawanna, were all injured in the shooting but suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said said the police.

The attack was believed to be racially motivated, as the area and the victims were predominantly black, officials said.

Gendron was charged with first degree murder. He pleaded not guilty. He was taken into custody without bail and is due back in court on Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fox Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.