A letter from President Joe Biden will be read at a ceremony on Tuesday marking two years since the mass shooting at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo that left 10 people dead and three others wounded.

The letter will be read by Greg Jackson, White House deputy director of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention.

“When I spoke to your community in the days after this horrific shooting, I came to deliver a message —that our entire Nation grieved with you, that we would continue to stand against violence inflicted in the service of hate, and that we would redouble our efforts to prevent tragedies like this one from happening again,” the letter reads. “Two years later, we still share our community’s sorrow. We remain steadfast in our commitment to ending all forms of racial hatred. And we are still working relentlessly to end the epidemic of gun violence that has plagued our country for too long.”

Biden’s letter mentions the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was passed shortly after the 2022 shooting. The Office of Gun Violence Prevention was created last year.

“I know we have a lot more work to do, but I’m optimistic that we can prevent future senseless acts of gun violence like the one that struck the soul of your community— and that’s in no small part because of the resilience you have shown in the face of this unthinkable anguish.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul, along with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, U.S. Rep. Tim Kennedy and members of the 5/14 Memorial Commission on Monday unveiled renderings of a memorial to the public for the first time.


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