The woman known for protests against Gun usage was shot dead by the Buffalo Mass Shooter Payton Gendron. The 72-year-old woman was a fearless voice who always stood up against wrong in the states.
Katherine Massey is known as the woman who fought for her rights and protected her community. She was a passionate advocate for civil rights and education. According to former Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, Massey did everything she could to lift up Buffalo’s Black community.
Who Was Katherine Massey?
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Betty Jean Grant and Katherine were friends with Massey for more than 20 years.”We lost a voice yesterday. We lost a powerful, powerful voice on Sunday,” Grant told news reporters.
Massey, 72, was among the 10 people massacred by an 18-year-old gunman who officers said was motivated by racial hatred when he propelled 3 hours from Conklin, N.Y., to the Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue and began ruthlessly killing shoppers and workers.
Katherine Massey was at the Tops to do some grocery shopping. According to her sister, Barbara Massey, their brother was on the way to pick her up after the shopping. At noon, Barbara kept on trying Tops helpline number to know her sister’s whereabouts.
Massey was an associate of “We Are Women Warriors,” which Grant established. Grant said she, Massey, and Eva Doyle were the “three musketeers” of Women Warriors of Buffalo.
“She was unapologetic about ensuring our community was not ignored,” Grant said.
A year back, Katherine Massey wrote down a letter for more federal regulation on Gun usage in the county.
“There needs to be extensive federal action/legislation to address all aspects of the issue,” she wrote. “Current pursued remedies mainly inspired by mass killings – namely, universal background checks and banning assault weapons – essentially exclude the sources of our city’s gun problems. Illegal handguns, via out-of-state gun trafficking, are the primary culprits.”
Katherine Massey is known for her efforts in improving relations between Black residents and the Buffalo police. She even wrote to Buffalo Police Department for hiring more Black Police Officers to increase their understanding of local issues.