Saturday marked a funeral for the victims of a racist attack on black people at a Buffalo supermarket, with a service that became a call to action and an end to the hate and violence that ravaged the nation. Became an emotional petition.
The funeral of 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield – the oldest of 10 black people killed – included a speech by Vice President Kamala Harris, who attended a service at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York. He addressed the mourners at the urging of the Rev. Al Sharpton, and said it was time for “all good people” to stand up for the injustices that happened at Topps Friendly Market as well as at Rob’s Elementary School on May 14. In Uvalde, Texas and other mass shootings.
“We will not allow the little people in our community to create fear,” she said. “We will not be afraid to stand up for what is right, to speak the truth even when it may be difficult to listen and speak.”
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who paid a fiery tribute to Whitfield at the start of the funeral service, called on all “colleagues” who assisted “this monster” and opened supermarket fires to hold gun manufacturers accountable. and distributor to the suspect’s parents.
Crump said those who “instructed and radicalized this young, insecure man” should also be held responsible for taking Whitfield away from his family, the Buffalo community, and the planet. He called her “one of the most angels we have ever known”.
“It’s a sin that this young corrupt man, not a boy, went and killed Ruth Whitfield and ‘Buffalo 10’,” Crump said, referring to the victims.
Whitfield was inside a supermarket after visiting her husband of 68 years at a nursing home when a gunman identified by police as 18-year-old Peyton Gendron launched a deadly attack.
Officials said Gendron, who is white, targeted the store three hours from his home in Conklin because it is in a predominantly black neighborhood.
A total of 13 people were shot in the attack, which federal officials are investigating as a hate crime. Three people survived.
Whitfield was the mother of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.
Gendron has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail. His lawyer has filed a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Harris and other gentleman Doug Emhof visit a memorial outside Top Friendly Market after the funeral. The Vice-President offered flowers, and the couple paused to pray for several minutes.