President Joe Biden remembered the security guard and former police officer who died trying to stop the Buffalo supermarket shooter over the weekend.
Biden praised the bravery of Aaron Salter Jr. while noting the suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest.
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"No one understands more than you here today the pain and anguish those families in Buffalo are feeling,” he said Monday at the White House.
Biden made the remarks during an East Room ceremony to honor public safety officers with the Medal of Valor. The officers were from eight different departments and performed above and beyond the call of duty. Biden touted the recipients' “rare commitment to your neighbors and your fellow Americans.”
“You’ve been singled out because of your extraordinary heroism,” he said. Ten people died and three people were injured in and near a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday after a gunman opened fire in the predominately black neighborhood.
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Payton Gendron, 18, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime based on references the shooter made to so-called replacement theory.