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A week after shootings, Buffalo honors victims

We look back at what we witnessed and the people we met while reporting in Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Bells ring 13 times, a second family lays their loved one to rest and a city stops for 123 seconds to honor the 10 lives taken at Tops Supermarket last Saturday.

In these 7 days, the people of Buffalo have shared lifetimes and close calls.

"I turn around and see him, see the lady, him shooting the lady as she fall over, and I just take off running," Tisiah Stewart said.

We met Stewart as he was waiting for President Joe Biden's visit. He said the shooting was traumatizing and he felt he needed to be there.

"He loved his children, that man could sing, and he loved God, that's all he wanted to do was help people," Leonard Lane said, remembering a friend.

 Deacon Heyward Patterson was his close friend. 

He was driving people who don't have access to transportation to the neighborhood Tops when he was shot and killed.

Now Lane and the Buffalo Peacemakers are making sure their neighborhood stays fed while their access to fresh fruits and vegetables is shut down.

The street in front of Tops has turned into an ever-growing memorial, with flowers, candles, and people's prayers

"Put love in our hearts father God, you say the greatest of all these things is love oh God, a righteous love oh God," A pastor prays in the street outside the crime scene tape.

While families who have lost the most, search for answers and change, including Ruth Whitfield's family. 

She was 86, married for 68 years and the primary caretaker of her husband, who days after the shooting, still didn't know where she is.

"He took away my mother, how dare you, how dare you," Her oldest daughter said.

We remember and honor, 

  • Roberta A. Drury, 32
  • Margus D. Morrison
  • Andre Mackneil
  • Aaron Salter
  • Geraldine Talley
  • Celestine Chaney
  • Heyward Patterson
  • Katherine Massey
  • Pearl Young
  • Ruth Whitfield

Editor's Note: The video above is from an related story published on May 19, 2022.

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