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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Services ready for ‘hero’ officer killed in supermarket attack

GETZVILLE, NY ( Associated Press) — The security guard at a Buffalo supermarket who was shot dead on May 14 while trying to stop a gunman in a racist attack will be laid to rest Wednesday, as the country opens a school in Texas. and is battling genocide. In which 19 children and two adults died.

According to The Chapel in Getzville, where the funeral service will be held, the Buffalo Police Department will honor retired officer Aaron Salter with a presentation of honor.

Services have also been scheduled for Pearl Young, a 77-year-old grandmother, great-grandmother and substitute teacher devoted to her church.

Salter, 55, of Lockport, was working as a security guard at Tops Friendly Market and fired several times at the gunman. before being shot and killed himself. Police said at least one of Salter’s bullets hit the 18-year-old shooter’s armor-plated vest, but it didn’t.

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Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia has called Salter “a true hero.”

Young taught Sunday school at his church, was a longtime volunteer at its soup kitchen, and worked as a substitute teacher at Buffalo public schools.

His brother-in-law, Bishop of the Second Church of God in the Christ Western New York Jurisdiction, Glenwood H. Young said she is known for her engagement in baking cookies and cakes, leading youth groups, and speaking as a licensed missionary in the denomination. ,

“That was her goal in life, seemingly, whatever she could do to help someone,” Bishop told The Buffalo News. Services are scheduled at Elim Christian Fellowship in Buffalo.

Salter and Young were among 10 black men whose body armor and helmet-mounted cameras were targeted by a white gunman with a camera mounted on his body armor on Saturday afternoon, targeting shop shoppers and employees in a predominantly black neighborhood. Three others were injured in the attack, which federal officials are investigating as a hate crime.

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Conklin’s alleged gunman Peyton Gendron has been charged with murder and is being held without bail.

Texas officials say Salvador Ramos, 18, attacked Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday, firing an AR-style rifle. Nineteen students and two teachers died.

In Buffalo, 62-year-old Geraldine Talley’s funeral is to take place on Friday. Ruth Whitfield, 86, will be cremated on Saturday. The Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to deliver those eulogies.

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