Here Are the 10 Victims of the Buffalo Supermarket Shooting

Nine of the 10 people killed in a shooting at a Buffalo supermarket. Top, from left, Katherine Massey, Aaron Salter, Pearly Young, Ruth Whitfield and Celestine Chaney. Bottom, Heyward Patterson, Roberta Drury, Andre (Elliott) Mackneil and Margus Morrison.

Katherine Massey, a Buffalo native, spent her life fighting for her community and rebuilding the area surrounding Cherry Street, where she and her relatives lived.

A mural was added to the neighborhood, and front yards are decorated with giant trees because of her. In her spare time, she went around picking up trash and donating supplies to schools.

After she retired five years ago from Blue Cross Blue Shield, she became the Cherry Street block club president, a title she took seriously.

“She did a lot, never stopped. She had a task a day,” niece Dawn Massey, 30, said. “She was so prevalent in the community. She was so adamant about her community, where her family resides.”

Former Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant told The Buffalo News that Katherine Massey was a “powerful, powerful voice.”

Katherine Massey. (Robert Kirkham / Buffalo News)

Katherine often wrote for local newspapers, including the Buffalo Challenger, her family said. Last year, she wrote a letter to The Buffalo News pushing for more federal regulations of firearms. She wrote it after Erie County Legislator April Baskin’s cousin died on April 24, 2021.

It “is another gut-wrenching account of the escalating gun violence in Buffalo and many major U.S. cities,” she wrote.

Katherine, 72, was one of 10 people killed Saturday when a gunman opened fire at Tops Friendly Market in a racist rampage targeting Black people. Three others were wounded. An 18-year-old white man is in custody.

Her brother, Warren Massey, said he dropped off Katherine at the grocery store shortly before the shooting.

He said that he usually stayed with Katherine but that she told him to come back and pick her up. “I never thought that was the last time I would see her,” he said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Minyvonne Burke and Julie Goldstein

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