Six months have passed since the mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, left 10 people dead and three others injured.
Since the May 14 shooting at Top Friendly Markets, community members have mourned the loss of friends and family, the store was redesigned anda few months after the tragedy, and Suspected shooter on federal hate crime charges.
On Monday, November 14, a moment of silence will be held in Buffalo, the “City of Good Neighbors.”
But for some, navigating life during the past six months has been tough.
“It’s been hell on earth,” Janetta Everhart told CBS News’ Jeff Glor.
Everhart’s son Zaire started his first job at Topps on Jefferson Avenue less than a year before shooting. He was shot in the throat and he survived.
Others did not, including Garnell Whitfield’s 86-year-old mother, Ruth. Whitfield, the city’s former fire commissioner, was not surprised that the suspect targeted black people.
“We know for a fact that racism and bigotry and white supremacy, all those things — they’ve always been here,” Whitfield told CBS News. “I think the only difference between me today and the rest of my past years is that they took off the hood. They used to wear hoods, they used to hide themselves. Now, they’re doing it out in the open.”
Tim Hoggs, chairman of the New York State Civil Service Commission, arrives at the scene of the mass shooting in front of police. Hoggs said he saw bodies lying in the parking lot.
“I couldn’t go since I went to the store,” he said.
In the wake of the firing, outreach began immediately. In the 1950s and 1960s the Buffalo Bills stadium facility a few blocks away was used to provide counseling and food delivery with the neighborhood’s only grocery store closed.
Meanwhile, Everhart launched the “Book Club of Genetta and Zaire,” which has received thousands of donations.
“Education is key to solving the problem of racism,” Everhart said. “Children weren’t born to hate other cultures and other people. That’s what we’re taught. And so if kids are taught that black people are just like them, and that they have lives just like them, and we If you start at a very young age, you will eradicate casteism.”
Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo’s longest-serving and first black mayor, hopes the position can serve a broader purpose.
“We want to make sure the buffalo is recalled so that we can prevent this from happening elsewhere in the country.”