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Fort Erie Mayor Issues Statement on Buffalo Mass Shooting

Wayne Redekop noting "in many respects, we are one community."

The Mayor of Fort Erie is offering his condolences to a grieving community.  

In a statement on the mass shooting in Buffalo, Wayne Redekop acknowledges the close family ties between the two communities, as well as deep friendships among residents  

Redekop says we grieve with the families of those killed and all residents of the City of Good Neighbours 

The mayor adding we have an obligation to speak out against and oppose ideologies that promote hate, racism and discrimination.

Here is the full statement: 

“The residents of Fort Erie are shocked and horrified at the senseless shooting of innocent people in Buffalo. The knowledge that the shooter was racially motivated is extremely troubling. There is no place for hate and racism in our societies. We grieve with the families of those killed and maimed yesterday, and all residents of the City of Good Neighbours. We all have an obligation to speak out against and oppose the ideologies that promote hate, racism and discrimination. There are close family ties between our two communities, as well as deep friendships among our residents and those of Buffalo. In many respects, we are one community, connected by our history, geography and culture. This type of incident has an impact on all of us on both sides of the border.” 

Meantime, Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas says he and several former N-F-L teammates are coming together in Buffalo this week to help support families of the 10 shooting victims. 

 Among the players expected to be in Buffalo are Hall of Famers defensive end Bruce Smith and receiver Andre Reed, along with Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly who lives in the area.

President Biden and the First Lady are scheduled to visit Buffalo today.

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