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Tops supermarket dedicates memorial to victims of Buffalo mass shooting

Tuesday marks two years since a racist attack killed 10 Black people in Buffalo, New York.
Posted at 7:02 PM, May 14, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-14 21:02:38-04

Workers removed the covering surrounding the 5/14 Honor Space Tuesday morning outside the Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue where 10 Black people were killed in a racist attack two years ago.

The space was designed and built in collaboration with members of the Jefferson community.

A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon which included a moment of silence and a tolling of bells to mark the time the mass shooting began.

The Honor Space features a sculpture called "Unity" designed by Buffalo-based artist Valeria Cray and her son Hiram, and 10 granite bollards honoring the victims who were killed: Celestine Chaney, Roberta Drury, Andrew Mackniel, Katherine Massey, Margus Morrison, Rev. Heyward Patterson, Aaron Salter, Geraldine Talley, Ruth Whitfield and Pearl Young.

Victims of the Tops supermarket shooting

Tops CEO John Persons joined Scripps News Buffalo's 7 Voices on Tuesday and reflected on the 5/14 Honor Space.

As Western New York mourns with the families, Scripps News Buffalo also wishes to share stories that honor their memory:

Aaron Salter
Ruth Whitfield
Roberta Drury
Pearl Young
Katherine Massey
Margus Morrison
Celestine Chaney
Geraldine Talley
Andre Mackniel
Heyward Patterson

This story was originally published by Scripps News Buffalo.