Buffalo reflects and mourns six months after Topps shooting

6 months have passed since Grocery store shooting Ten people were killed and three injured in Buffalo, New York.

Since the May 14 shooting at Tops Friendly Market, community members have mourned the loss of friends and family, and the store has been redesigned and resumed A few months after the tragedy, Grand jury indicts Shooting suspect on federal hate crime charges.

On Monday, November 14th, a moment of silence will be observed in Buffalo, the City of Good Neighbors.

But for some, navigating life in the past six months has been tough.

“It was hell on earth,” Zeneta Everhart told CBS News’ Jeff Groh.

Everhart’s son Zaire got his first job at Tops on Jefferson Avenue less than a year after the shooting. He was shot in the neck and survived.

Others, such as Garnell Whitfield’s 86-year-old mother, Ruth, were not. Whitfield, the city’s former fire chief, was not surprised that the suspect targeted a black person.

“We know the fact that racism, bigotry, white supremacy, they’ll always be here,” Whitfield told CBS News. I think the only difference is they took off the hood they used to wear the hood they used to hide themselves now they do it in public increase.”

10 killed in shooting in Buffalo, New York
BUFFALO, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Memorial across from Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street in Buffalo, NY on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Federal officials say the supermarket has historically It is the site of the shooting death of 10 people by a young white gunman at a grocery store in the black-inhabited Buffalo area, which is being investigated as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism.(Kent Nishimura / (Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Tim Hoeges, chairman of the New York State Civil Service Commission, arrived at the scene of the shooting in the presence of police. Hogues said he saw a body lying in the parking lot.

“I haven’t been in the store since it opened,” he said.

Outreach began immediately after the shooting. The area a few blocks away, which was home to the Buffalo Bills stadium in the 1950s and his 1960s, was used to provide counseling and serve food, with the only grocery store in the neighborhood closed.

Meanwhile, Everhart launched the Zeneta and Zaire Book Club, raising thousands of donations.

“Education is the key to solving the problem of racism,” Everhart said. “Children are not born to hate other cultures or other people. We start at a very young age if children are taught to eradicate racism.”

Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo’s longest serving mayor and first black mayor, hopes the situation will serve a wider purpose.

“I want to keep Buffalo in mind so that something like this doesn’t happen elsewhere in the country.” Buffalo reflects and mourns six months after Topps shooting

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