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Funeral for victim Roberta Drury in the Buffalo convenience store shooting

The latest victim of the massacre at Buffalo’s Tops Friendly Market was remembered for her “love and compassion” on Saturday.

Mourners gathered at Syracuse’s Ascension Church to say goodbye to Roberta Drury, 32, who was killed along with nine others in an alleged racially motivated attack by Conklin resident Payton Gendron, 18, last week. NY.

“Last Saturday, May 14th, our corner of the world changed forever. lives ended. Dreams were shattered and our state was plunged into mourning,” Brother Nicholas Spano said during the funeral service.

Katherine Mielnicki, a friend of Buffalo convenience store mass shooting victim Roberta Drury, at Drury's funeral at Assumption Church.
Katherine Mielnicki, a friend of Buffalo convenience store mass shooting victim Roberta Drury, at Drury’s funeral at Assumption Church.
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Drury grew up in the Syracuse area and moved to Buffalo 10 years ago to care for her brother who was recovering from leukemia.

“Roberta reflected God’s love every time she cared for her brother, every time she greeted someone in her neighborhood or on her street. Every time she spoke to friends and family,” he said. “She was that light that shone through whatever darkness there might be.”

He said Drury had “a stamina and a tenacity that was both inspiring and enviable”.

Mourners hug, gather at Roberta Drury's funeral.
Mourners gather at Assumption Church for 32-year-old shooting victim Roberta Drury.
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A mourner holds a program from the funeral.
A mourner holds a program from the funeral.
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After the service, Drury’s sister, Amanda Drury, said, “Robbie was more than just a name.”

“We just want to make sure everyone remembers her smile, her love, her compassion,” she said. “If everyone could treat everyone with a little more love and compassion, we wouldn’t have cases like this.”

Katherine Melnicki, a friend, called her “a special person.” Unique.”

Enrique Owens, a cousin of Drury, stands outside Assumption Church wearing a T-shirt with a picture of the shooting victim on it.
Enrique Owens, a cousin of Drury, stands in front of Assumption Church wearing a t-shirt with her picture on it.
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Pallbearers, including Amanda Drury (red hair), sister of Buffalo convenience store mass shooting victim Roberta Drury, and father Philip Drury (right, black tie, holding handkerchief) during her funeral at Assumption Church.
Pallbearers including Roberta Drury’s sister Amanda Drury (red hair) and father Phillip Drury (right, holding a handkerchief) are seen outside the funeral.
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Enrique Owens, a cousin of Buffalo supermarket shooting victim Roberta Drury, stands outside Assumption Church wearing a t-shirt with a picture of Drury during her funeral.
Mourners enter the funeral for Drury while Enrique Owens, Drury’s cousin, stands outside.
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“Even though our day could be hell, this girl always put a smile on my face. Always,” she said.

The funeral was the second for a victim of the Buffalo shooting. Heyward Patterson, 67, was buried on Friday.

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