Tops to hold moment of silence Saturday in its 150 stores in honor of mass shooting victims

People gather at a memorial for the shooting victims outside of Tops market on May 20, 2022 in Buffalo, New York.
People gather at a memorial for the shooting victims outside of Tops market on May 20, 2022 in Buffalo, New York.

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Tops Markets will hold a moment of silence Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at its 150 stores across three states to pay tribute to the victims of last weekend's shooting massacre at one of its Buffalo stores, and it is encouraging others across the country to join the tribute.

"To honor the lives of those killed, we are encouraging people to join our Tops stores in a collective moment of tribute and reflection this Saturday, May 21 at 2:30 pm, seven days after this tragic shooting," the Williamsville, N.Y.-based supermarket chain, which has stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, said in a statement.

A service is held with the families and the community of Andre McNeil, Geraldine Talley and Ruth Whitfield at Antioch Baptist Church on May 19, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. McNeil, Talley and Whitfield were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Tops grocery store on Saturday, May 14th in Buffalo. The relatives of McNeil and Talley will announce funeral plans, while the family of Whitfield will speak in support. The gunman opened fire at the grocery store on the east side of Buffalo after posting white supremacist views online.
A service is held with the families and the community of Andre McNeil, Geraldine Talley and Ruth Whitfield at Antioch Baptist Church on May 19, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. McNeil, Talley and Whitfield were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Tops grocery store on Saturday, May 14th in Buffalo. The relatives of McNeil and Talley will announce funeral plans, while the family of Whitfield will speak in support. The gunman opened fire at the grocery store on the east side of Buffalo after posting white supremacist views online.

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Last Saturday, according to police, 18-year-old Payton Gendron -- who described himself as a white supremacist -- shot 13 people at the Tops, killing 10. All of those who were killed were Black. He began shooting at 2:30 p.m.

John Persons, president of Tops said, "The impact of this tragedy stretches across our community and nation. We stand together as we remember them and pray that their families may find the strength needed to heal and move forward."

He added, "Everyone involved deserves our thanks and our prayers. To our Tops associates who did everything in their power to selflessly protect each other and our customers. To law enforcement and our first responders, we thank you for your service and bravery. To the strength of our community leaders during this incredibly difficult time. And to our neighbors and so many others that have rallied together to provide respite and support of almost every kind imaginable."

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