Racist Supermarket Massacre in Buffalo: Monday, the white gunman who killed 10 Black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo supermarket pleaded guilty to murder and hate-motivated terrorism charges. This means he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Buffalo Racist Supermarket Massacre Suspect Pleads Guilty
The white shooter who killed 10 Black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo grocery pleaded guilty Monday to murder and hate-motivated terrorism, ensuring his life in prison. Payton Gendron, 19, entered the plea Monday in a courthouse two miles from the grocery store where he used a semiautomatic weapon and body armor to commit a racist assault to protect white dominance in the U.S.
Gendron, shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit, pled guilty to all of the grand jury indictment’s most serious allegations, including murder, murder as a hate crime, and hate-motivated domestic terrorism, which carries a life sentence without parole.
He said “yes” and “guilty” when Judge Susan Eagan named each victim and asked if he killed them because of their race. Gendron also admitted to harming three May attack survivors. Many victims’ families watched, sniffling and rubbing their eyes. Later, others told reporters the plea left them cold. It didn’t solve America’s racial problem.
“His voice made me feel awful, but it proved to me I was right,” said Zaneta Everhart, whose 20-year-old son survived a neck shot. “This nation has an issue. This nation is violent. Racist. His voice revealed to me that.” After the 45-minute process, Gendron’s attorneys said he regretted his misdeeds but didn’t elaborate or answer questions.
“This key step symbolizes a repudiation of the racist philosophy that inspired his awful conduct on May 14,” said Gendron’s lawyer, Brian Parker. “We believe that resolving the state charges would help maintain the emphasis on the victims and the community.”
In their first public statement, Gendron’s parents said the guilty plea guaranteed their son’s accountability. Paul and Pamela Gendron “hope for healing for everyone involved.” They praised law police for their investigation and promised to “continue to give whatever support we can.” “We are startled and devastated to find that our son was responsible for the terrible attack at the Tops grocery shop on May 14, 2022,” their attorney told The Associated Press in an email.
Gendron denies federal hate crime allegations that might lead to execution. The U.S. Justice Department has not decided on the death punishment. Gendron may benefit in a death sentence trial by admitting guilt and repenting. any Americans have gotten hardened to mass shootings, prompting the request. In recent weeks, deadly attacks have occurred at a Virginia Walmart, a Colorado gay bar, and the University of Virginia.
A shooter in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 students and two teachers days after Gendron’s Buffalo shooting. Gendron attacked the Buffalo Tops, Friendly Market, with a lawfully acquired AR-15 weapon and body armor. An armed security guard, a church pastor, and the mother of a former Buffalo fire commissioner died. Gendron surrendered when police stopped him outside the business.
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Gendron was racist. In materials uploaded online before the attack, he stated he chose the business, approximately three hours from his home in Conklin, New York because it was in a Black community. He believed in a huge plot to “replace” white people in the U.S.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn called Monday’s verdict “swift justice,” saying it was New York’s first hate-motivated terrorist conviction. His sentence is Feb. 15. Benjamin Crump, who represents numerous victims’ families, said the gunman’s survival baffles them. “We want him to be treated as the horrible, cold-blooded nasty killer that he was for killing all these innocent Black folks,” he stated. We’re upset.”
Mark Talley, the son of murdered Geraldine Talley, asked authorities to imprison him in Erie County, where he caused so much anguish, so he may feel the same misery as his victims. “I want that agony to gnaw at him every second of every day for the rest of his life,” Talley added. Gendron’s tone and court appearance angered Talley and Everhart. They stated Black defendants would have been handled differently. They called Gendron “thug.”
“It’s disgusting,” Everhart added. “Am I glad he’s in prison for life?” “Talley” “Acknowledging America’s bigotry would make me happy.”