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Shoppers, security guard among victims of Buffalo mass shooting

By Adam Schrader
On Sunday, a memorial appears for victims near the scene of a shooting Saturday at a Tops Friendly Market grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y.. Photo by Brandon Watson/EPA-EFEWATSON
On Sunday, a memorial appears for victims near the scene of a shooting Saturday at a Tops Friendly Market grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y.. Photo by Brandon Watson/EPA-EFEWATSON

May 15 (UPI) -- The families of some of the victims of the "racially motivated" mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., have come forward to identify their lost loved ones.

Payton Gendron, 18, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting 10 people Saturday, including a beloved retired police officer working as a security guard who confronted the shooter, and injuring three others at a Tops grocery store Saturday afternoon.

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Pages from a manifesto Gendron is believed to have written ahead of the mass shooting obtained by United Press International detailed his plans for the attack and included numerous racist and anti-immigration remarks.

The security guard was identified as Aaron Salter Jr., 55, by Buffalo Police Chief Joseph Gramaglia who said during a news conference Saturday that he had confronted and shot Gendron before he was killed.

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The mother of retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield was also among the victims killed, he told Buffalo News. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was remembered as a "consummate mom" and a "mother to the motherless."

The sister of victim Katherine Massey, who was shopping when she was killed Saturday, confirmed her identity to The Buffalo News."She was a beautiful soul," Barbara Massey told the outlet.

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Another of the victims was identified as Heyward Patterson by his great-niece Teniqua Clark in comments to The New York Times.

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Clark said Patterson often gave rides to people to the supermarket and would help them carry their groceries afterward. Another relative posted a tribute to Patterson on Facebook.

Celestine Chaney, 65, was killed while shopping for strawberries to bake a shortcake with her sister, her son Wayne Jones told The New York Times.

Another victim, 32-year-old Roberta Drury, was picking up groceries to make dinner, her sister Amanda Drury told the newspaper.

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"She was very vibrant," Amanda Drury said. "She always was the center of attention and made the whole room smile and laugh."

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