QTD from wife of victim

May 17, 2022
"I would say if it weren’t for God, I would have a lot of malice in my heart. But He teaches us to forgive. I have to forgive him. Because if I don’t, I’m killing me."

Patterson describing what she would say to the 18-year-old gunman who shot and killed her husband, Heyward Patterson, as he helped someone load groceries into their car in Buffalo, New York. In total, 10 people were murdered in the attack; their ages ranged from 32 to 86. The victims include a retired police officer, a leader of a community food pantry, and a breast cancer survivor. Read more about the victims on our source page.

Victims of Buffalo mass shooting remembered: ‘Hero’ police veteran and a local driver

Who are the victims of the mass shooting in Buffalo?

The names of the 10 people killed:

Celestine Chaney, age 65
Roberta Drury, age 32
Andre Mackneil, age 53
Katherine Massey, age 72
Margus Morrison, age 52
Heyward Patterson, age 67
Aaron Salter, age 55
Geraldine Talley, age 62
Ruth Whitfield, age 86
Pearl Young, age 77

The names of the three people injured:

Christopher Braden, age 55
Zaire Goodman, age 20
Jennifer Warrington, age 50

by Jenna Lee,