News Release
 May 20, 2022
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Community is encouraged to share their thoughts and support using #BuffaloStandsTogether to honor the victims of this tragedy.

Williamsville, NY - To honor the lives of those killed, we are encouraging people to join our Tops stores in a collective moment of tribute and reflection this Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 pm, seven days after this tragic shooting. “The impact of this tragedy stretches across our community and nation. We stand together as we remember them and pray that their families may find the strength needed to heal and move forward,” stated John Persons, president of Tops Friendly Markets. He added, “Everyone involved deserves our thanks and our prayers. To our Tops associates who did everything in their power to selflessly protect each other and our customers. To law enforcement and our first responders, we thank you for your service and bravery. To the strength of our community leaders during this incredibly difficult time. And to our neighbors and so many others that have rallied together to provide respite and support of almost every kind imaginable.” Please join us in honoring those who were killed and the three who were injured. Departed: Roberta A. Drury, 32, of Buffalo, New York Margus D. Morrison, 52, of Buffalo, New York Andre Mackneil, 53, of Auburn, New York -continued- Aaron Salter, 55, of Lockport, New York Geraldine Talley, 62, of Buffalo, New York Celestine Chaney, 65, of Buffalo, New York Heyward Patterson, 67, of Buffalo, New York Katherine Massey, 72, of Buffalo, New York Pearl Young, 77, of Buffalo, New York Ruth Whitfield, 86, of Buffalo, New York

Injured: Zaire Goodman, 20, of Buffalo, New York Jennifer Warrington, 50, of Tonawanda, New York Christopher Braden, 55, of Lackawanna, New York

About Tops Friendly Markets

Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit



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