BUFFALO, NY–– Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Terry Connors of Connors LLP and Ken Abbarno of DiCello Levitt have been retained by the family of Ruth Elizabeth Whitfield, one of thirteen victims of the deadly, racially-motivated mass shooting that occurred Saturday at a Buffalo grocery store located in a predominately Black community.
Attorney Crump has issued the following statement:
“Yesterday, we witnessed the deadliest mass shooting of 2022, perpetrated by a self-proclaimed white supremacist who set out to do one thing: kill Black people. One of the 13 victims and one of ten who tragically lost their lives was Ruth Elizabeth Whitfield, an 86-year-old Black woman. Ruth, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother was the primary caretaker of her husband and was coming back from visiting him at a nursing home when this sick, depraved individual brutally murdered her at the grocery store.
“We are thoroughly investigating the shooting and the events leading up to it. These grieving families deserve to know how a white supremacist, so vocal about his hatred, was able to carry out a premeditated and targeted act of terrorism against Black people – all while armed with an assault rifle fitted with a high-capacity magazine. It’s an all-too familiar scenario, with the same tragic, but preventable ending. We will get answers for these families, and we will hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable.”
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