The funeral of the youngest victim of the Buffalo supermarket shooting, Roberta Drury


The youngest victim of the Buffalo supermarket shooting rests a week after a self-proclaimed white supremacist killed 10 black people and injured three.

Mourners gathered at the house church in Syracuse on Saturday morning for the funeral of Roberta Drury. It’s to remember the “big hearted” 32-year-old woman who moved to Buffalo, New York 10 years ago to care for her ill brother.

Families wore T-shirts with pictures of her when they heard Father Nicholas Spano explain that “the lobby” known as her had “a smile that could light up a room.”

“She was a light to whatever darkness existed,” he said.

Growing up in nearby Cicero, Drury was described in the obituary as a person who “can’t walk a few steps without meeting a new friend.”

The 32-year-old man was the first victim to die in last Saturday’s massacre.

She told her friend that she was going to Tops Friendly Market to buy some groceries that day.

Drury became the second victim of one of the worst mass shootings in America this year after the private funeral of 67-year-old local church leader Heyward Patterson was held on Friday.

As Saturday marks a week from the attack, there will be a moment of silence at the Tops store at 2:30pm on Saturday, an approximate time.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown urged church bells to ring 13 times across the city to honor 13 victims after a 123-second silence from 2:28 to 2:31 pm.

On Saturday evenings, a candlelight vigil is also held at Tops Supermarket.

Roberta Drury’s cousin, Enrique Owens, is wearing a t-shirt that remembers her.

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Five more funerals are scheduled for the victims over the next week, and civil rights activist National Action Network is said to plan to cover funeral expenses for all the dead.

Community leaders and victims’ families gathered on Thursday night to call for justice for their loved ones, attended by civil rights lawyers Ben Crump and Al Sharpton.

“We need to hold everyone accountable to everyone who incites and promotes hatred in this country,” Sharpton said at a press conference outside Buffalo’s Antioch Baptist Church.

Earlier that day, Gendron appeared in court and charged with first degree murder by a grand jury, and the victim’s family mocked him as a “coward”.

The shooter has pleaded not guilty and is due to appear in court on June 9.

An 18-year-old boy is accused of committing “pure evil” after live-streaming a racist attack on innocent shoppers in a black community.

Gendron is charged with driving about three hours last Saturday afternoon from his Conklin home to Tops Friendly Market, wearing tactical gear and armed with an assault rifle.

Coffin moved to church at Roberta Drury’s funeral

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The shooter opened fire outside the store before moving into the supermarket aisle, firing a total of 13 people, killing 10 people.

Officials said Gendron was detained at the scene and made “shocking statements” about his motives, making it clear that he was “filled with hatred for the black community” and that he was targeting black people.

The gun used in the attack had n words and the number 14 written on it (an obvious reference to a conspiracy theory).

According to an online manifesto that appears to have been posted by the shooter, Gendron described himself as a racist, white supremacist and anti-Semitic, detailing how he was inspired by other white supremacist snipers.

He also cited an undisclosed “great replacement theory” that has been repeatedly argued by right-wingers like Tucker Carlson of Fox News.

Mourners outside the church where Roberta Drury’s funeral was held

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Officials later said the shooter plans to continue shooting elsewhere in the community.

Questions are also growing as to how he got access to guns after it was revealed that he had previously threatened to open fire at a school.

The state is expected to bring more charges against Mr. Zendron, and the US Department of Justice is also investigating the shooting as a hate crime and racially motivated act of violent extremism and terrorism.

If convicted of first-degree murder, he faces life in New York City with no possibility of parole.

If convicted and convicted of a federal charge, you could face the death penalty.

He is currently in custody without bail at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office under suicide surveillance.

Additional reports from the Associated Press.

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