An 86-year-old African-American grandmother who was doing some weekend grocery shopping has been named as one of the ten victims who died in the Buffalo supermarket killing on Saturday afternoon.
Ruth Whitfield, was a mother to four children including former Buffalo fire commissioner, Garnell W. Witfield, 64. She was the second victim to be named – the first being retired cop turned security guard Aaron Salter Jr.
‘My mom was the consummate mom. Mother was a mother to the motherless. She was a blessing to all of us. She loved God and taught us to do the same thing,’ the former commissioner told the Buffalo News.
Witfield recalled how his 88-year-old father who is currently in a Buffalo nursing home would work multiple jobs in order for his wife to stay home and raise the couple’s kids.
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