Resources and Support for those Impacted by the May 14, 2022, Buffalo Shooting

On May 31 2022, Rev. Dr. Melody Rutherford, Director of Spiritual Care at Roswell Park, was joined by clergy members from several area churches and others from Roswell Park in Kaminski Park for a prayer vigil paying tribute to lives lost in recent tragedies.

We offer these resources for all of those in our community who are grieving and beginning the path toward healing from the tragic shooting that took the lives of ten black community members and injured another three at a local supermarket on May 14, 2022.

Statement from Dr. Johnson

May 14, 2022

This afternoon, an armed man entered our community and shattered numerous lives within a few short minutes of terror at a grocery store on Jefferson Avenue, a little more than a mile from our campus.

The families touched most nearly by this senseless act of hate-driven extremism have not only our prayers and support, but our vow to make sure our love and goodness shouts louder than the chaos those few moments created.

Everything that unites us as a Roswell Park community stands in forceful defiance of the hatred and hopelessness that motivated this horrific crime. What brings all of us to Roswell Park — workers, scientists, clinicians, volunteers, patients, caregivers — comes from love, hope, trust, goodness.

What great power those qualities have today, when examples of things that are good and positive and productive and helpful are so deeply needed to counterbalance the effects of this tragedy.

To all of you who are hurting today because of this act, the hearts of your Roswell Park family are enfolding you with support.

This day will change many things for our campus and community, and I want you to know that we will continue to do everything we can to make sure that you are safe as you dedicate your time and talents to be of service to others.

We will find ways to come together and be of service to our community in direct response to this moment of hatred. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, to your colleagues, to our own wellness experts, to make sure that you can feel lifted by the power of the supportive network around you.

With love and support,

Candace Johnson, PhD
President, CEO and M&T Bank Presidential Chair in Leadership

Moment of Silence

The Roswell Park community joined together the morning of May 16, 2022, to remember the 10 community members who lost their lives and pray for the survivors of Saturday’s shooting incident on Jefferson Avenue.

Additional Resources

Internal Staff Resources

A conversation to talk through the May 14 mass shooting tragedy that took the lives of 10 individuals at a Tops Market on Buffalo's East Side.

The links and resources below are tailored to the staff of Roswell Park.