New Yorkers, elected officials, and faith leaders mourned on Monday the monumental loss of life in Saturday’s Buffalo mass shooting carried out by an apparent white supremacist.
The day saw a series of sorrowful ceremonies that grieved for the ten people who were callously shot down simply due to their skin color.
Gays Against Guns–a group founded after the Pulse nightclub shooting that fights for stricter gun laws–conducted a funeral-like procession. Donning all white and strapping the faces of the victims to their chests, the group solemnly marched to Times Square.
“Whenever there is a mass shooting event where ten or more people are killed, we come out into the streets as quickly as we can make it happen. So that’s what we’ve done this time. We’ve done it many times in the past over the last six years,” Jay W. Walker of Gays Against Guns told amNewYork Metro. “You have to have thick skin and you feel your emotions, but you have to learn how to compartmentalize.”