GETZVILLE, NY (AP) — The security guard at a Buffalo grocery store who was shot while trying to stop the gunman in a May 14 racist attack will be buried Wednesday while the country deals with another school massacre Fighting in Texas has killed 19 children and two adults.
The Buffalo Police Department will honor retired officer Aaron Salter with a tribute, according to The Chapel in Getzville, where the memorial service will be held.
Services are also scheduled for Pearl Young, a 77-year-old grandmother, great-grandmother, and substitute teacher who has dedicated herself to her church.
Salter, 55, of Lockport, worked as a security guard at Tops Friendly Market and shot the gunman several times before he was shot himself. At least one of Salter’s bullets struck the 18-year-old gunman’s armored vest but did not pierce it, police said.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia has called Salter “a true hero.”
Young taught Sunday school at her church, was a longtime volunteer at her soup kitchen, and worked as a substitute teacher at Buffalo Public Schools.
Her brother-in-law, Bishop Glenwood H. Young of the 2nd Church of God, Christ Western New York jurisdiction, said she was known for baking cookies and cakes, leading youth groups, and lecturing in the denomination as a licensed missionary.
“That was apparently her goal in life, anything she could do to help someone,” the bishop told The Buffalo News. Worship services are scheduled at the Elim Christian Fellowship in Buffalo.
Salter and Young were among 10 black people killed when a white gunman wearing body armor and a helmet-mounted camera targeted shoppers and workers at a store in a mostly black neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon. Three others were injured in the attack, which federal authorities are investigating as a hate crime.
Conklin gunman suspect Payton Gendron has been charged with murder and is being held without bail.
Authorities in Texas say that 18-year-old Salvador Ramos attacked Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday and opened fire with an AR-style rifle. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed.
A funeral for 62-year-old Geraldine Talley is scheduled for Friday in Buffalo. Ruth Whitfield, 86, will be buried on Saturday. Rev. Al Sharpton is to deliver these eulogies.
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