Prosecutor files hate crimes against the accused of the massacre in Buffalo: he could face the death penalty

Prosecutor Files Hate Crimes Against The Accused Of The Massacre In Buffalo: He Could Face The Death Penalty

NEW YORK — The white man who fatally shot 10 black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, was charged Wednesday with federal hate crimes and could face the death penalty.

Wednesday’s criminal complaint against Payton Gendron coincided with a visit to Buffalo by Attorney General Merrick Garland, who met with families of the victims and placed an arrangement of white flowers on an altar outside Tops Friendly Market, which it has remained closed since the May 14 attack.

“No one in this country should live in fear of going out to work or shopping and being attacked by someone who hates them just because of the color of their skin,” Garland told a news conference.

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Garland, who stayed federal executions last year, has not ruled out seeking the death penalty against Gendron, 18. He said “family members and survivors will be consulted” as the Justice Department determines whether he seeks the death penalty.

The federal hate crimes case is based in part on documents in which Gendron expressed his radical and racial stance, as well as his extensive preparation for the attack, some of which he posted online and shared with a small group of people shortly before start shooting.

FBI agents raided Gendron’s home and found a note apologizing to his family and stating that he “had to commit this attack” because he cared about “the future of the white race,” according to an affidavit attached to the complaint. penal.

Three children of one of the victims — 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield — said they told Garland in a private meeting that they wanted to make sure the official didn’t view the Buffalo massacre as “a singular case.”

“This is a problem across the United States,” said one of the sons, former Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Garnell Whitfield Jr.

“Justice for our mother and the other nine victims is not enough. It is about preventing these horrendous crimes from happening, from breaking the hearts of other families,” said another of the sons, Raymond Whitfield.

Gendron’s attorney, Brian Parker, declined to comment.

So far, the evidence against Gendron suggests he acted alone, but Garland and FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate said investigators are examining communications the shooter had with others before the shooting.

The 18-year-old white teenager was wearing military gear and broadcast live on the Internet with a camera on his helmet. (Matt Rourke)

Authorities identified the shooter as 18-year-old Payton Gendron.

Authorities identified the shooter as 18-year-old Payton Gendron. (Mark Mulville)

Authorities described the attack as

Authorities described the attack as “racially motivated violent extremism.” (Matt Rourke)

The teen shot 11 black people and two white people before turning himself in to officers.

The teen shot 11 black people and two white people before turning himself in to officers. (Joshua Bessex)

The massacre sent shock waves through a country wracked by racial tensions, gun violence and a string of hate crimes.

The massacre sent shock waves through a country wracked by racial tensions, gun violence and a string of hate crimes. (Joshua Bessex)

The events in Buffalo came just a month after another attack left 10 people injured on a Brooklyn subway train.

The events in Buffalo came just a month after another attack left 10 people injured on a Brooklyn subway train. (Joshua Bessex)

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown takes a moment of silence and prayer for the victims of the shooting.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown takes a moment of silence and prayer for the victims of the shooting. (Joshua Bessex)

The assailant shot four people outside the establishment, three of whom died.

The assailant shot four people outside the establishment, three of whom died. (The Associated Press)

The assailant wore a bulletproof vest and military-style clothing during the attack on Tops Friendly Market.

The assailant wore a bulletproof vest and military-style clothing during the attack on Tops Friendly Market. (Mark Mulville)

Inside the store, a security guard fired several shots, but a bullet that hit the attacker's bulletproof vest had no effect.

Inside the store, a security guard fired several shots, but a bullet that hit the attacker’s bulletproof vest had no effect. (Matt Rourke)

Police entered the establishment and confronted the assailant in the lobby.

Police entered the establishment and confronted the assailant in the lobby. (Joshua Bessex)

Authorities blocked traffic around the supermarket in Buffalo.

Authorities blocked traffic around the supermarket in Buffalo. (Derek Gee)

Twitch said in a statement that it cut off Gendron's stream

Twitch said in a statement that it cut off Gendron’s stream “less than two minutes after his act of violence began.” (Joshua Bessex)

The rifle Gendron used was purchased legally, but the magazines he put in the gun were not allowed for sale in New York.

The rifle Gendron used was purchased legally, but the magazines he put in the gun were not allowed for sale in New York. (Matt Rourke)

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and the former were praying for the victims and their families.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he and the former were praying for the victims and their families. (Joshua Bessex)

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