Billy Graham Chaplains Minister to Locals Following Buffalo Tragedy

By Rocco Laurienzo   •   May 20, 2022

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains deployed to Buffalo, New York, following a horrific grocery store shooting on May 14. The community is grieving the deaths of 10 workers and shoppers who authorities say were killed in a racially motivated shooting. Three others were wounded.
The Tops Market is a popular store, favored by some customers who don't own cars but can walk to the store for groceries. This shooting, which took place inside and outside this market, is the worst in Buffalo's history.
Billy Graham chaplains listen, pray, comfort and give needed hugs in times of sorrow. They also share the hope we have in Christ in all circumstances.
Chaplains Frieda and Robert Roulds pray with Buffalo police officers. Aaron Salter Jr., a retired Buffalo officer who was working security during the shooting, confronted the shooter and was killed. Salter is being praised as a hero for his efforts.
News reports say the 13 victims, including the wounded, ranged in age from 20 to 86. Most were over age 50.
A chaplain talks with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He and former Buffalo Bills' legends visited the memorial for victims on Thursday, following a visit the day before from Bills’ players, coaches and staff, as well as members of the Buffalo Sabres, the city's professional ice hockey team.
Many came to a makeshift memorial set up outside the grocery store. Thousands have left flowers, balloons, posters and other mementos in honor of those who lost their lives.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." —Psalm 23:1–3.
Please be in prayer for the families of those who died.