Funeral Held For One Of Ten Buffalo Shooting Victims

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RETRANMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JAQUES “JAKE” PATTERSON - Tirzah Patterson, former wife of Buffalo shooting victim Heyward Patterson, speaks as her son, Jaques "Jake" Patterson, 12, covers his face during a press conference outside the Antioch Baptist Church on Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
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Funeral services were held Friday for Deacon Heyward Patterson, one of 10 mass shooting victims killed inside of a Buffalo supermarket on May 14th.

During a press conference held earlier this week with Patterson’s family, his ex-wife Tirzah Patterson spoke about the trials of their 12-year-old son Jake.

Every day, I have to pray and do a check-in with him and make sure he’s not mentally all over the place.

“Every day, I have to pray and do a check-in with him and make sure he’s not mentally all over the place. His heart is broken… As a mother, what am I supposed to do to help him get through this?”

The white 18-year-old suspect, Payton Gendron, pleaded not guilty to charges related to the shooting. He wrote a manifesto before the killing promoting the idea that white people were being replaced by minorities. Gendron is the subject of a hate crimes probe from the Department of Justice and could face the death penalty.

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