Family and Church Community Remember 86-Year-Old Missionary, Ruth Whitfield, Killed in Racially Motivated Buffalo Supermarket Mass Shooting

The family and church community of 86-year-old missionary Ruth Whitfield, who was the oldest of 10 mostly black people executed during the racially-motivated massacre at Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo by an avowed white supremacist on Saturday, is grieving her as a strong woman of faith who was the glue of her close Christian family.

“She was a member of this church for over 50 years. She did it all. From the choir to missionary work, a loving, gentle giant in the faith who we are proud of. [She] Lived a very great and gracious life. We will miss her,” Rev. Kevin Coakley, senior pastor of Durham Memorial A.M.E Zion Church, told The Christian Post on Tuesday.

“We are saddened. We are hurt. We are just devastated, distraught, but we are powerful people who trust in God and we will pray for added strength to aid this family … and other families in buffalo who are suffering from this heinous act of crime and terrorism and act against humanity.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair

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