Community Expresses Anger over Buffalo News Article

September 2, 2010 Updated Sep 2, 2010 at 10:04 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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September 2, 2010 Updated Sep 2, 2010 at 10:04 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Emotions were running high at a community forum on Buffalo's East Side as the community expressed its outrage over a Buffalo News article that published the criminal records of the City Grill shooting victims.

The editor for the News, Margaret Sullivan, reached out to Rev. Darius Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church in an effort to resolve any hurt feelings resulting from the published article. The two sides decided on a town hall style meeting, with the community to meet face-to-face with the editor of the paper Wednesday night.

One-by-one, family members of the victims of the August 14 shooting stepped-up to the podium to share their opinions with the Buffalo News. Many expressed anger and pain, arguing that the criminal past of the victims had nothing to do with why they were shot.

Sullivan responded, saying, "there is nothing in that article that suggests that the victims deserved anything bad to happen to them. There was nothing in it."

The question that was often repeated was 'Why' the article was published in the first place. To that, the paper says that the City Grill shootings was a big story and they pursued every angle of it.