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Buffalo Unveils Memorial Honoring Victims Of 2022 Supermarket Shooting –

Gov. Hochul said at a news conference unveiling the design of the permanent memorial that it represents a rededication to supporting the East Buffalo community.

Nearly two years after a white teenager executed a racist mass shooting at a Buffalo Tops supermarket, plans to memorialize the attack were announced by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. The memorial will feature interconnected stone pillars and arches and a windowed building where exhibitions and events can be held. 

As the Associated Press reports, Gov. Hochul said at a news conference unveiling the design of the permanent memorial that it represents a rededication to supporting the East Buffalo community. “As we approach the solemn two-year anniversary of when our neighbors were senselessly slaughtered solely because of the color of their skin, we rededicate ourselves in supporting the East Buffalo community, remembering those we lost, and supporting those who were injured.”

Hochul continued, “Today’s unveiling of the final design chosen by the 5/14 Memorial Commission is the culmination of many meetings and conversations with the families of those impacted as well as the community. I thank Mayor Brown, Reverend Blue, and the members of the Commission for their efforts in taking on this heavy task of honoring the lives and legacies of those we lost and the community impacted by this tragedy.”

I can’t believe it’s been two years since the massacre at a grocery store in Buffalo.Covering the tragedy, it feels like it was last week, the memories are still so fresh. Today, a memorial will be unveiled honoring the ten victims, all of whom were Black. https://t.co/RdTZJLSoTZ— Derick Waller (@wallernyc) May 14, 2024

TWO YEARS LATER:We remember those who died in the racist shooting in #Buffalo – and we’re getting a look at how they’ll be remembered. Here is the final design of the memorial to honor the victims. Another opens today outside of the Tops on Jefferson.https://t.co/czN8ArJfhZ— Katie Morse (@KatieMorseNews) May 14, 2024

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown also said at the news conference that he takes pride in the work conducted by the 5/14 Memorial Commission.

“The second anniversary of the 5/14 Racially Motivated Mass Shooting is just hours away. It is, and will always be, a somber mark in our city’s history. Our city and region continue to mourn the lives that were taken by an out-of-town white supremacist on that day. I am proud of all the work the 5/14 Memorial Commission has done to create a memorial that reflects the wishes of the families and the community. I also thank the organizations and businesses that have helped us in this process.”

Buffalo artist Valeria Cray and her son, Hiram Cray, a faculty member at the State University of New York Corning Community College, created a sculpture called “Unity for the Honor Space” for the memorial, officially titled “Seeing Us.”

According to Rev. Mark Blue, the chairman of the 5/14 Memorial Commission, the families of the victims were consulted as the design selection went on. “What happened on 5/14 was an act of senseless violence, and it was an act of hate,” Blue told the AP. “It’s my intent to make sure we have a memorial that the families and the communities can be proud of.”

As BLACK ENTERPRISE previously reported, Payton Gendron is currently serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for his role in the attack after he pleaded guilty to state charges of murder and hate-motivated domestic terrorism. Gendron is also facing separate federal charges and could receive the death penalty if convicted in that case, in which he has entered a plea of not guilty. 

Source: Black Enterprise

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