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Families impacted by Buffalo mass shooting speak at Congressional hearings

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jun 03, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Two families impacted by the Buffalo mass shooting spoke at Congressional hearings this week.

Garnell Whitfield, Jr., the son of Ruth Whitfield who was one of 10 people killed in the shooting, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.

Whitfield was part of a hearing on "Examining the ‘Metastasizing’ Domestic Terrorism Threat After the Buffalo Attack." Read his opening remarks and watch testimony here.

Zeneta Everhart, the mother of Zaire Goodman, one of three people injured in the Buffalo mass shooting, and Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform Wednesday.

Everhart and Gramaglia were part of a hearing on "The Urgent Need to Address the Gun Violence Epidemic." You can find more about their remarks here.

“Congress needs to listen to communities that know the pain that comes with these tragedies and act swiftly to stop the endless parade of mass shootings. We are grateful that the Committee is giving Buffalo a voice to help convey the impact and discuss potential solutions.”
- Rep. Brian Higgins (D, NY-26)