Houston area leaders host prayer vigil to honor victims in Buffalo grocery store shooting

A police officer stands guard outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – Houston area leaders hosted a prayer vigil Thursday afternoon to honor the 10 Black people who were killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

According to the news release, the community leaders collectively confronted, condemned and committed to eradicating hate crimes, structural racism and violence.

The following leaders were in attendance: Bishop James Dixon, II, President - Houston NAACP, Dr. Sam Gilbert, II - Houston Metropolitan Ministers Conference, Rabbi Steven Morgen - Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Randy Czarlinsky - American Jewish Committee, Victoria Hart President - Houston Urban League Young Professionals, along with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, Senator Carol Alvarado, Senator Borris Miles, State Representative Ron Reynolds, State Representative Senfronia Thompson, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Pastor Max Miller - Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity, Pastor Ralph West, Pastor Greg Patrick, Bishop Destry Bell, Pastor Remus Wright, Pastor F.N. Williams, Sr., Houston Ministers Against Crime, and others.