One of the ten slain victims of Buffalo’s hate-fueled rampage was choosing up a shock birthday cake for his grandson when he was killed, grieving family members say.
Andre Mackneil, 53, had traveled about 120 miles west from his hometown in Auburn to Buffalo to see his grandson, who lives within the metropolis — and stopped first at an area Tops Friendly Market on Saturday afternoon to purchase the deal with to shock him, household instructed the Associated Press.
“He never came out with the cake,” stated Mackneil’s cousin, Clarissa Alston-McCutcheon, including that such a form gesture wasn’t unusual for him. “Just a loving and caring guy. Loved family. Was always there for his family.”
Mackneil was among the many customers who had been killed on the retailer in a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo, the place authorities have stated white supremacist gunman Payton Gendron, 18, traveled about 200 miles from his upstate Conklin house to hold out the mass capturing. The slaughter additionally killed victims equivalent to a church deacon and hero grocery store safety guard.
Another sufferer, Geraldine Talley, 62, was doing her grocery procuring together with her fiancé when she was fatally shot, her niece Lakesha Chapman instructed CNN.
“She’s sweet, sweet, you know, the life of the party,” Chapman instructed the community. “She was the person who always put our family reunion together, she was an avid baker … mother of two beautiful children.”
Talley was merely “Auntie Gerri” to Chapman, who lives in Atlanta however traveled to Buffalo to be with family members after the mass capturing.
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Chapman stated Talley’s household didn’t study she had died within the assault till 5 hours later. The sufferer was on the entrance of the grocery store when the gunfire began, whereas her fiancé had gone to seize orange juice, Chapman stated.
“We’re outraged,” Chapman stated. “This is not, obviously, the first racially triggered attack in America. However, it is the first that hits our home.”
Talley’s demise has left behind the “most numbing feeling ever,” Chapman stated.
“She was shopping, and this man comes out of his neighborhood to attack because of her skin color, because of her zip code, you know, because it was predominantly black,” Chapman had instructed CNN on Sunday. “She was innocent. And it’s — there’s no words to describe it.”
Also killed within the capturing was Margus Morrison, 52, a father of three, the mom of his youngsters instructed WKBW.
The 86-year-old mom of Buffalo’s former hearth commissioner was murdered within the bloodbath additionally, as was the 77-year-old head of an area meals pantry.
Three different folks had been wounded within the assault.
In all, 11 of the victims had been black whereas two had been white, authorities stated.
“You don’t expect this when your mother goes grocery shopping,” stated Pamela Pritchett, whose mom, Pearl Young, 77, was among the many lifeless.
Ruth Whitfield, the mom of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield Jr., was additionally procuring on the grocery store when she was gunned down, allegedly by Gendron — a self-proclaimed white supremacist who posted a 180-page manifesto earlier than the assault.
“Yesterday she was leaving the nursing home, stopped at the store around the corner when this happened,” Whitfield instructed The Post on Sunday.