Residents of Buffalo, NY honor victims of mass shooting at community vigil

Community members gathered on Buffalo’s East Side on May 17 to honor the lives lost in the recent mass shooting at the neighborhood’s Tops Friendly Market grocery store.

BUFFALO, New York—Community members gathered on Buffalo’s East Side on May 17 to honor the lives lost in the recent mass shooting at the neighborhood’s Tops Friendly Market grocery store.

At the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street, adjacent to the site where 10 people were gunned down and three more injured on Saturday, May 14, residents, community organizations, musicians and speakers came together to commemorate the victims and provide words of encouragement, flowers, and donations of food.

The 18-year-old shooter traveled 230 miles from his home in Conklin, NY to carry out the shooting. The FBI confirmed it’s investigating the murders as “both as a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism.”

All photos by Brandon Watson

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Brandon Watson is a photographer based in Buffalo, NY. His works focus on the obscure, yet dynamic, subcultures of society. Brandon’s work is not only a first-person view of “the process,” but a cipher that can be utilized to understand the unique language spoken within these hallowed factions.