Buffalo shooting: The family learned of Celestine Chaney’s death after watching supermarket shooter Payton Gendron’s Twitch video

BUFFALO, NY — As Joann Daniels stormed out the back door of Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday to escape a man’s racist rampage, she didn’t realize her sister Celestine Chaney was left behind.

She only found out about her death when her family saw the shooting in a video on social media.

Chaney was one of 10 black, mostly elderly, victims killed when the gunman opened fire.

Investigators say he planned the attack on the black community.

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Hours after the shooting, Chaney’s son Wayne Jones saw a video screenshot of a woman lying on the supermarket floor – a snippet of the killer’s live stream of the shooting on social media.

Not long after, he saw the video himself.

“He shot my mother once. My mother was lying on the floor. He went and reloaded and he shot my mother again,” Jones said.

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Jones then notified the family.

“My sister survived breast cancer and three aneurysm surgeries to go to the grocery store to be killed,” Daniels said in her living room not far from the supermarket, still processing what had happened.

Two days after the shooting, Daniel’s home was full of relatives who had traveled from far and wide to come and pay their respects.

The last family reunion was just last week to celebrate Chaney’s birthday.

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“She loved our family, she loved being around them,” she said.

According to detailed diary entries posted online by the suspect, the white gunman accused of massacring the 10 black men wrote about staging a livestream attack on African Americans as early as November, practiced shooting from his car and traveled in March Hours away from his home to explore from the store.

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