Here Are Some of the Victims in the Buffalo Shooting – Opinion

Some leftists try to politicize every aspect of life, whatever it may be.

Many people on the right were quick to take to social media to blame Tucker Carlson for the Buffalo shooting. It wasn’t about the evil nature of the tragedy or the victims — it was about how they could use it for their agenda. That’s despicable.

I wanted to focus on the victims because that’s what I think should be the focus at this moment. It’s not politics and agenda items. It is important to know the names of those who lost their lives and were affected by this terrible act. Some people have not been found yet. Some have been identified, including Aaron Salter Jr., 55, a retired officer of the police who confronted the gunman at the store.

We have already mentioned that Salter shot the gunman. However, because Salter was wearing body armor it did not work and the gunman killed Salter during the exchange.

Salter was a Buffalo Police Department officer for over 30 years before retiring. He had also been working as security guard at the shop for more than four decades.

Salter Jr., a victim of a burglary suspect pointed a shotgun at his face during 1996’s encounter. According to The Buffalo News

“My first reaction was to duck,” Salter Jr. said. “I don’t enjoy looking down the barrel of a shotgun, and if it hadn’t been for my partner shooting first, it would have been a golden opportunity to shoot us. My partner probably saved us.”

But he also had a passion for the invention he had been working on — technology to run cars on water after starting them with gas.

“I’m a jack of all trades a master of none,” his profile for his position at AWS Hydrogen Technologies, LLC modestly read.

“I’m always working on my vehicles [sic]me or my current project to power engines with water over the past four years, and I’d like to fulfill my dream to have cars run on water by using my new energy source.

Salter Jr. shared a YouTube video showing how Salter Jr.’s 2010 Ford F-150 runs using his AWS Hydrogen Fuel System.

Garnell W. Whitfield (retired Buffalo Fire Chief) heard about the shooting, and he came to aid. That’s when he found out that his mother, 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, was one of the victims. Garnell Whitfield claimed that his 88 year-old father worked several jobs in order to allow his mother to stay at home with the children.

“My mom was the consummate mom. My mom was the best mother I ever had. Her presence was a blessing for all. She loved God and taught us to do the same thing,” he said. Eight years ago his father was admitted to a nursing facility. She visited him daily.

“She went there every day. She took care of our dad as she’d done her whole married life. He was dressed in clean clothing, she shaved his legs, gave him clean hair, and she brought his clothes. She did everything,” Whitfield said.

Whitfield, 64, credited his mother’s strength and commitment to family to her religious faith.

“She inspired me to be a man of God, and to do whatever I do the best I could do. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her,” Whitfield said in citing the role his mother played in his rise to the top position in the Buffalo Fire Department.

Tops was her stop on the way back from the nursing facility when she saw Tops and wanted to grab something.

Pearly Young, aged 77, stopped by to pick up groceries. For 25 years she managed a food pantry which provided assistance to those who were in greatest need. She also ran the Saturday grocery store. She was a “mother, grandmother and missionary,” the local news noted.

Celestine, 65 years old, was visiting her sibling in Buffalo. Her son Wayne Jones stated that she and her sister went to Tops for strawberries so they could make strawberry shortcake. Her sister was able to make it to a freezer to hide, but his mother wasn’t able to move as quickly.

Roberta Drury (32 years old) was planning to buy dinnerware. Her sister Amanda said she was “the center of attention and made the whole room smile and laugh.”

Heyward Patterson served as a deacon at his church. He helped people get to the supermarket by giving them rides.

Patterson was loading an elderly woman’s groceries into his car when she became the first person shot, and he the second, according to his friend Tony Sanders, 68.

“He was a deacon and my best friend,” Sanders said.

Katherine Massey’s sister Barbara said that she was a “beautiful soul.”

Treyteen were killed and three others survived.

These are just a few of the contributions they made to the world.

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