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Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson On Buffalo Shooting Pleading Guilty To Hate Crime Murder Of 10 Black People

Gunman Targeted Black Shoppers in Tops Grocery Store After Sharing Racist Manifesto Online

Payton Gendron pleaded guilty Monday to state charges stemming from the fatally shooting 10 Black shoppers in May at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo. Gendron pleaded guilty to 15 charges in all, including domestic terrorism motivated by hate, murder and attempted murder.

Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches and Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, NY, issued the following statement on the guilty plea by the gunman who murdered of 10 Black people who were shopping at Tops grocery store in Buffalo this past May. 

“This past May, ten people were killed while grocery shopping by a young man harboring racist hate in his heart. The beautiful lives of Celestine Chaney, Roberta A. Drury, Andre Mackniel, Katherine Massey, Margus D. Morrison, Heyward Patterson, Aaron Salter, Geraldine Talley, Ruth Whitfield, and Pearl Young were senselessly lost. The man who committed this act of unspeakable horror, only 18 years old at the time, is a product of the hate this country nurtures and the white supremacy it fails repeatedly to tear down. Our hearts continue to break for the countless souls who are no longer with us because of racism. We call upon our leaders to protect the lives of all people in this country.

While his guilty plea is a necessary step for justice to be rendered, it cannot bring back the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, and children that we have lost, nor will it stop the immeasurable pain of the families of his victims. I continue to pray for them and for the collective healing of our Black community. At Grace Baptist, we open our arms to offer support to all those who are grieving this trauma.”

Gendron still faces more than two dozen federal charges, some of which carry the possibility of the death penalty. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2023. Domestic terrorism motivated by hate carries a mandatory life sentence.

He has been charged by federal prosecutors with a total of 26 counts of committing a hate crime resulting in death and a hate crime involving bodily injury. He’s also charged with using a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence. In July, Gendron’s public defender entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.


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