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Security guard and grandmother who ran a food bank among Buffalo shooting victims

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Three people were also wounded, 11 of whom were involved in the attack, black and two white, officials said

An ex-cop, the 86-year-old mother of a former fire commissioner, and a grandmother who spent decades supporting those in need were among 10 people killed in a racist massacre by a gunman at a Buffalo grocery store on Saturday.

President Joe Biden will visit Buffalo, New York on Tuesday to “mourn” with the community after saying that racially motivated hate crimes are “abhorrent to the fabric of this nation.”

The suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, drove more than 320 km (200 miles) to Tops Friendly Markets supermarket to carry out the attack, police say.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the suspect arrived with the intent “to take the lives of as many black people as possible.”

The Buffalo Police Department released the names of the 10 victims killed in Saturday afternoon’s shooting. Three people were also injured.

Eleven of those attacked were black and two were white, officials said. The racial breakdown of the dead is not yet known.

Here are the victims:

pearly boy

Ms. Young, 77, ran a pantry in Buffalo’s Central Park neighborhood for 25 years, according to a tweet from Madison Carter, a reporter in Buffalo. According to Carter, Young was a grandmother and a missionary who loved “singing, dancing” and being with family.

Ruth Whitfield

Ms. Whitfield, 86, was the mother of former Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Garnell Whitfield. On Saturday she had visited her husband in a nursing home and was on her way home when she stopped at Tops, according to TV station WGRZ.

Margus D Morrison

Mr. Morrison was 52 and from Buffalo.

Andre Mackneil

Mr. Mackneil was 53 and lived in Auburn, New York, about 120 miles east of Buffalo.

Aaron Salzer

Mr Salter, 55, was a former Buffalo police officer who, after retiring, worked as a security guard at Tops, according to TV station WKBW. Mr. Salter fired at the shooter, who was wearing a body armor and was therefore not injured by the shot, WKBW said.

Geraldine Talley

Ms. Talley was 62 and lived in Buffalo.

Katherine “Kat” Massey

Ms. Massey, 72, was an advocate for Buffalo’s black community, to whom she wrote frequent letters, including one last year pleading for more federal action and legislation to address gun violence, according to the Buffalo News. According to Buffalo News, she was a member of the community group We Are Women Warriors.

Roberta A Drury

Roberta Drury, 32, moved to Buffalo from the Syracuse, New York area to be with her older brother after he underwent a bone marrow transplant, according to her sister Amanda Drury. Roberta helped him with his bar The Dalmatia and with his family, her sister said. “She was lively and outgoing, could talk to anyone,” she added.

Heyward Patterson

Mr. Patterson, 67, was known as “Jitney” because he drove people to and from Tops grocery store and helped them with their groceries, according to Buffalo News. He was also a church deacon.

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