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Posted on: May 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Buffalo to Illuminate Buildings in Orange In Memory of the Victims Tragic Shooting at Tops


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown, in collaboration with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination team (BuffaloLIT), Mayor Jim Diodati of Niagara Falls, Canada, The United States Conference of Mayors, and The African American Mayors Association, announced today that the top of Buffalo City Hall and other landmarks in Buffalo and in cities across the region, state, country and globe, will be illuminated tonight in “orange”, the color for gun violence prevention, and remain “orange” indefinitely in memory of the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting, and to promote sensible gun control.

Mayor Brown stated, “I want to thank members of BuffaloLIT, Niagara Falls, Canada Mayor Jim Diodati, The United States Conference of Mayors, and The African American Mayors Association, for taking part in this special lighting to bring comfort and support to those families affected by this senseless tragedy, and to our city and its residents during this difficult time. The color orange stands for gun violence prevention, and I hope everyone joins me in a continued call for sensible gun control, and an end to hate speech on the Internet and social media, as well as the proliferation of hateful ideology.”

Mayor Diodati stated, “We offer our condolences and sincere sympathy to all of the victims involved in this terrible violent act. We condemn all acts of violence and stand together in the face of hate. On behalf of all of the residents of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Region and beyond, please know we are standing beside you, your families and all those affected by these senseless acts. To show our solidarity, our flags are flying at half-staff and the falls will be illuminated in orange along with Buffalo landmarks to honour the victims and to support further sensible gun control.”

Tonight’s lighting is in memory of the following people who died in Saturday’s shooting in Buffalo, New York.

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

Yesterday, Mayor Brown reached out to the United States Conference of Mayors and the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), who agreed to illuminate their cities in orange in a show of solidarity. Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas, AAMA president, also issued the following statement yesterday in response to the mass shooting in Buffalo.

Mayor Scott stated, “A self-described white supremacist traveled to a store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo with the intention of killing Black residents. He killed ten people and wounded three more. This is a sad reminder that regardless of how far we have come in this country, Black Americans continue to be targeted and killed for being Black. This kind of hatred, vitriol and violence will never be stamped out until we address the systemic and prevalent inequities and racism in this country. America’s Black mayors urge our fellow countrymen to speak out against anti-Black violence and stand with all affected communities. Our prayers go out to the affected families and the greater Buffalo community.”

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