Buffalo supermarket mass shooting: What we know about the victims

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Ten people were killed Saturday and three others injured in an act of white radical terrorism carried out at Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo’s East Side.

News 4 is working to learn more about the victims of the attack. One is a retired police officer. One is the deacon. Another is the mother of a fire commissioner. It was all done too soon.

All victims have now been identified. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Aaron Salter

Grow old: 55
Residence: Lockport

Salter is a retired Buffalo cop who is working at Tops as a security guard. Officials said he shot the gunman in the chest, but the bullet had no effect because the gunman was wearing tactical armor.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia hailed Salter as “a hero in our eyes”.

“I am very pleased to know him, a wonderful man, respected and loved by many. This is terrible. It’s tragic. I have no other words to describe it,” said Buffalo Police Benevolent Association President John Evans.

“I cannot say enough about our retired colleague Aaron Salter, who confronted this individual to save the lives of others,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia.

Ruth Whitfield


Grow old: eighty six
Residence: Buffalo

Whitfield is the mother of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield. She is remembered as a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who was her husband’s primary caretaker. She was returning from a visit to her husband at the nursing home when she stopped at Tops.

Her family has retained national civil rights attorney Ben Crump.

Pearl Young


Grow old: 77
Residence: Buffalo

She has been a member of Good Samaritan COGIC for over 50 years. That’s how James Pennington knew her. He describes Pearl as someone who loves to be happy and loves to make others happy.

Pennington said: “She was just a family member. “There can’t be a bad day around her.

“She is a groomsman. She really is the best,” he added. “So I just hope that people celebrate her.”

Celestine Chaney


Grow old: 65
Residence: Buffalo

Chaney is a breast cancer survivor, which prompted her family to ask everyone to wear a pink ribbon in her honor. She shops twice a month with her only son, Wayne Jones. Jones couldn’t shake the fact that she died while shopping.

“No matter what’s going on with your parents,” says Jones, “you could be arguing or fighting. Just take the time. You never know when they’ll be gone. “

Roberta A. Drury


Grow old: 32
Residence: Buffalo

Drury was adopted and lives with his family in Buffalo. Her brother says they frequent Jefferson Avenue Tops.

Recently she was helping her brother recover from a bone marrow transplant.

Her funeral will be held in Syracuse.

Heyward Patterson

Grow old: sixty seven
Residence: Buffalo

Patterson is a deacon at State Tabernacle Church of the Lord in Christ on Glenwood Avenue in Buffalo.

“God loves. Love his family. Loves serving the community,” said Leonard Lane, president of Buffalo FATHERS, who is worshiping at the church. “He did it every chance he could get.”

Margus D. Morrison

Grow old: 52
Residence: Buffalo

Andre Mackneil

Grow old: 53
Residence: Auburn, NY

Geraldine Talley

Grow old: 62
Residence: Buffalo

Katherine Massey

Grow old: 72
Residence: Buffalo


Zaire Goodman, 20 years old, of Buffalo. An employee from the office of US Senator Tim Kennedy, Zeneta Everhart, said her son Zaire was in the store when the attack happened. He survived, suffered non-life threatening injuries and is resting at home. Everhart said her son was “really under divine protection.” He was released from ECMC.

Jennifer Warrington, 50, of Tonawanda. She was released from ECMC.

Christopher Braden, 55, of Lackawanna.

News 4 is working to learn more about the members of our community who were the victims of this attack. If you would like to share information, photos or memories, please contact us at newsroom@wivb.com.

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