Buffalo Mass Shooting

Buffalo Mass Shooting

Laila Richardson Jenkins

Today Payton Gendron, the 19-year-old man who shot and killed 10 people in a mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y. was sentenced to life.

This massacre was a hate crime that led to the death of 10 people and injured many more. The lone gunman went to a predominantly black area and went into the Buffalo grocery store last May and opened fire on the innocent people in there. He pleaded guilty to one count of domestic terrorism motivated by hateful urges, 10 counts of first degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and a weapons possession charge last November and was sentenced on Feb 15.

During the sentencing many family and friends of the victims went to the stand to speak on the shooting that changed their lives forever. While the family was sharing how they felt and their stories, Gendron took his glasses off to cry. He then goes on to state “I’m very sorry for all the pain I forced the victims and their families to suffer through. I’m very sorry for stealing the lives of your loved ones. I cannot express how much I regret all the decisions I made leading up to my actions on May 14.”

He states that  he did a terrible thing that day and he shot and killed people because they were black and looking back now he won’t actually believe he did that. He says he read this hate online and his actions were based on hate and if he could take it back he could. While the families and friends stated their emotions about the deaths of their loved ones, he says that he is sorry and he would take it back if he could.

Well he can’t, he has ruined the lives of many and now he is going to jail for the rest of his life.