Community Protest Published Article

August 22, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 6:55 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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August 22, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 6:55 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Community activist Darnell Jackson and a group of supporters showed their opposition to an article published in Sunday's Buffalo News by burning copies of the newspaper Monday.

That article pointed out the arrest records of 7 of the 8 shooting victims that were gunned down outside the City Grill more than a week ago. Three of those victims were killed in the attack, and Reverend Darius Pridgen is upset over the timing of the article. Pridgen appeared on AM Buffalo Monday to discuss the issue.

Tiffany Wilhite and Shawntia McNeil were members of pastor Pridgen's church.

We contacted the family members of some of the victims. Tiffany Wilhite's family declined an on-camera interview but referring to the article said, "They won't let the dead rest in peace."

A number of people have also shown their support for the article, noting that job of the media is to uncover the whole truth, even if it can be uncomfortable.

The Buffalo News issued the following statement Monday regarding the published article:

"While The Buffalo News has the deepest sympathy and compassion for the victims of this terrible tragedy, as well as for their family and friends, we feel that the information in the Sunday story is an important piece of the puzzle as our community tries to understand and explore why it happened."

"If we are to solve the problem of violence in our city, we must be brave enough as a community to fully explore every aspect of it."

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