BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB ) – Civil Rights Activist Al Sharpton and other leaders promise legal, financial, and emotional support to the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.
Some of the victim’s family members spoke for the first time Thursday. The anguish of a daughter whose mother, her best friend, was cut down by a gunman as she was only buying groceries at the supermarket. The children of Ruth Whitfield, who was killed at Tops Saturday, sharing their grief, their heartbreak with the loved ones of three other victims.
“I took my last picture of my mom on Mother’s Day and she was so beautiful, but that picture can’t replace her, nothing can,” Robin Whitfield said.
Whitfield’s family has retained prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump to find justice for their deceased mother.
“None of these families last week this time, thought they were going to be brokenhearted victims of a young, depraved white supremist,” Crump said.
Civil rights icon, Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network is taking up their cause.
“This is an assault on all of us. They did not shoot these victims because of who they were, they shot them because of what they were. They were guilty of being Black,” Sharpton said.
While the Whitfields have been the face of this tragedy, others spoke out on behalf of their loved ones. Veronica White struggled through her tears on behalf of her deceased nephew Andre Mackniel.
“I cannot believe somebody would give some child a gun and let them him think it is okay and come in somebody’s hometown and just shoot it up,” White said.
Tirza Patterson’s son Jacob quietly covered his tears as she spoke of his father, Heyward Patterson, also killed in the shooting. She called on an African proverb to get them through.
“I need a village to help me raise and be here for my son because he has no father,” Tirza Patterson said.
The families of the 10 victims laid their loved ones to rest on Friday.