Tops will observe moment of silence at all stores to honor victims in Buffalo shooting

Posted 20 May 2022 at 11:27 am

Press Release, Tops Markets

File photo by Tom Rivers: In Orleans County, Tops operates a store in Albion on West Avenue (pictured) and also a store in Medina on Maple Ridge Road.

WILLIAMSVILLE – 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 p.m., seven days after this tragic shooting.

“The impact of this tragedy stretches across our community and nation,” stated John Persons, president of Tops Friendly Markets. “We stand together as we remember them and pray that their families may find the strength needed to heal and move forward.”

Please join us in honoring those who were killed and the three who were injured.


  • Roberta A. Drury, 32, of Buffalo, New York
  • Margus D. Morrison, 52, of Buffalo, New York
  • Andre Mackneil, 53, of Auburn, New York
  • 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


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

“Everyone involved deserves our thanks and our prayers,” Persons said. “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.”