President Joe Biden is set to visit Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday to meet and grieve with family members of the 10 victims killed Saturday during a mass shooting at a supermarket that police say was racially motivated.
Victims went from 32 to 86 years of age. Most were Black, either shopping or working at a Tops Friendly Market in one of Buffalo’s highest concentrated African American neighborhoods. The slain included a civil rights advocate, a deacon, and a heroic security guard.
“He wants to go there and comfort the people who went through this violence,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
During remarks, Biden will call the shooting “terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology that tears at the soul of our nation,” according to a White House official, and call on Americans to “give hate no safe harbor.” He will also “reject the lies of racial animus that radicalize, divide us, and led to the act of racist violence we saw on Saturday,” the official said.