Release Date: May 14, 2022
BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi issued a statement this evening to the UB community regarding the racially motivated mass shooting that took place this evening at a supermarket in Buffalo.
“Our hearts are with the 10 people who lost their lives today, along with their grieving families, all those who were injured, and all those who were traumatized by the mass shooting that occurred this afternoon in a Tops Supermarket in the City of Buffalo.
We are deeply disturbed to learn that this hate-fueled crime was racially motivated, according to official reports.
As we grieve together, we must wrap our arms around each other. Let us bear witness to the humanity in each and every one of us. Let us, in our words and deeds, intentionally cultivate here at UB a community that is characterized by justice, respect, compassion and understanding. As a scholarly community, we have both the power and the responsibility to combat hate. And to that, we are deeply committed.
If you are grieving or traumatized, please know that you are not struggling alone. UB’s Counseling Services is available to help you. In addition, UB’s Intercultural and Diversity Center offers a safe space for students.”
Tripathi’s statement is posted on the Office of the President’s website.
The university has received calls from parents and other concerned individuals about the shooting. We have reassured them that UB’s campuses are safe. We will provide support and counseling to students who are emotionally affected by this very disturbing and senseless violence.
The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring that our campuses are safe and welcoming places for students, faculty, staff and guests.