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Posted on: May 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Brown Calls on the City Of Buffalo to Observe a Moment Of Silence to Honor Individuals Lost

Buffalo, New York - To honor the memory of the ten individuals who lost their lives during last weekend’s mass shooting outside the Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue, as well as the three people who were wounded, Mayor Byron W. Brown is calling on residents to observe a collective moment of silence for 123 seconds on Saturday, May 21st, from 2:28:57 PM to 2:31:00 PM, which was the time when the shooting occurred. The period of silence will conclude with the ringing of bells 13 times by houses of worship in neighborhoods citywide – in honor of the ten individuals whose lives were lost and the three people who were wounded and continue to recover.

“Every corner of our community was impacted by this unspeakable tragedy and I’m asking the City of Good Neighbors and the rest of the nation and beyond to join us in a moment of unity and remembrance for the lives lost last weekend in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “Wherever you are on Saturday, for 123 seconds, I am asking that people pause to remember our friends, family and neighbors who died and were wounded, in this senseless shooting. This is a difficult time for Buffalo, but let’s rally around each other, lift each other up, and continue to move forward as a strong, united, and loving community.”

Saturday’s moment of silence and belling ringing will honor the memory of the following individuals: In Memoriam

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

Prayers for continued healing

  • Christopher Braden
  • Zaire Goodman
  • Jennifer Warrington

“The families of the victims are hurting, and it’s up to us to pray for them and to find ways, large and small, to show them that they are not alone in their grief. We must carry on the memory of those who were lost in our hearts and to follow their example every day with hope, love, and unity.”

The top of Buffalo City Hall will continue to be illuminated in orange, which is the color designating gun violence prevention, to promote the need for sensible federal gun control legislation.

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