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Ten days after Tops mass shooting, Buffalo reacts to Texas school shooting

"It just hurts your heart and your soul."
Posted at 10:17 PM, May 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-24 23:16:19-04

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Just ten days afterten people were killed at Tops on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo yet another mass shooting happened.

"I’m shaking right now, that's how nervous I am,” Valencia Motley said.

This time in an elementary school in Texas, where children and teachers were massacred.

"Where are we safe at? We're not safe at the grocery store, we're not safe at schools,” Motley said.

“Just living, its too scary,” Rickie Barber said. “Just to walk out your door, you worry 'am I going to make it back in one piece?'"

Barber said the shooting at Tops was shocking enough but hearing that an 18-year-old shot students at an elementary school is chilling.

"These are kids,” Barber said. “They have their whole life ahead of them. They didn't even live to see 8th grade.”

Some said this is what hate winning looks like.

"These are the days we are living in and it’s a shame but it’s a fact,” Juan Sharp said. “And this is the result of evil."

"What's going on in the world that its normal to shoot somebody,” Barber said.

And the feeling of hope is slowly drifting away.

“Another one will happen and another one will happen,” Motley said. “Why is anyone allowed to come and mess up a community."

"It just hurts your heart and your soul,” Sharp said. “It’s like it’s your own family.”

In a statement, New York State United Teachers said:

“Our hearts are broken. In New York, our emotions are still raw from the senseless mass murder at a Buffalo supermarket just more than a week ago, and now we watch as our colleagues in Texas, the students they devote themselves to and their families are forced to grapple with yet another horrific mass shooting. We stand with the families of those killed and the school communities affected by this tragedy.

“What will it take to put a stop to these hateful, sickening acts of violence? Our schools must be a safe place for all. As we mourn those who have lost their lives, we must also stand up and demand better for children, for parents, for educators and for communities across the nation.”
New York State United Teachers