TAMUC: Moment of silence held to acknowledge victims of Buffalo shooting
The Texas A&M University-Commerce Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted a campus- and community-wide moment of silence today to acknowledge the victims of the May 14 mass shooting that took place in the Kinglsey neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Jerrod Knight: The tragedy prompted a statement from university President Dr. Mark Rudin which underscored the institution’s commitment to inclusion and invited recipients to join in an online moment of silence held at 11am today. Dr. Cephas Archie led the event.
Dr. Cephas Archie: "What we do know is that occurrences that have taken place in the community of Buffalo, NY, over the weekend were extremely devastating to the community of Buffalo as well as to the community members across the country. For this very same opportunity, we are here today to acknowledge the lives of the victims; all thirteen victims. Ten of those thirteen victims, unfortunately, would not survive. And so, today, it is our focus to honor the lives lived of the people that unfortunately were travesties in this incident."
Knight: Dr. Archie is the A&M-Commerce Vice President for Inclusion. Other speakers at the event included members of the university’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibiliy Committee as well as Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee and Commerce Director of Public Safety Chris Bassham.
The shooting over the weekend left 10 people dead and injured 3 others. Most of the victims of the shooting were black.