Funeral Held Today for 67-Year-Old Deacon Heyward Patterson, Killed in Buffalo Supermarket Mass Shooting

Heyward Patterson

The first funeral will be held Friday for one of the victims in the Buffalo supermarket massacre.

The family of 67-year-old deacon Heyward Patterson will say their final goodbyes. At the request of his widow, Civil Rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver his eulogy.

A prayer vigil was held Thursday for the victims and their loved ones, who are still coming to grips with their grief.

At a press conference, Patterson’s 12-year-old son covered his face as his mother cried.

“I need a village to help me raise and be here for my son, because he has no father,” Tirzah Patterson, his ex-wife, said.

Others will soon follow behind, as they too prepare for their loved ones’ funerals in the coming days.

Robin Whitfield said her 86-year-old mother, Ruth, was her best friend and the two had been planning an evening out.

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SOURCE: CBS New York, John Dias