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Buffalo massacre survivors not getting needed help, says activist

Investigators work the scene last month after the mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y.
FILE - Investigators work the scene after a mass shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., May 16, 2022. A white 18-year-old entered the supermarket with the goal of killing as many Black patrons as possible and gunned down 10. That shooter claims to have been introduced to neo-Nazi websites and a livestream of the 2019 Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings on the anonymous, online messaging board 4Chan. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

WBFO - There’s nearly $5 million in the Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund, but a group of survivors and activists says the money isn’t going out fast enough for those who need it and those who need help and aren’t getting it.

That’s why activist Myles Carter has started a GoFundMe page to raise more money and had four of those victims at a news conference Sunday in Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. They talked about struggling to make it when they just can’t go to work.

“It's basically every-day money, gas money and all of that, money for food, money for urban costs, everyday money," said survivor Kishia Douglas. "I was working and I had that before this incident and now I don't. I'm just trying to figure out after this fund: How are we supposed to live? How are we supposed to continue?”

Carter said there are others.

“Those individuals sitting with me today and many more have not been helped in the way that we were supposed to help them with the money that was raised and with the funds and resources that were coming into the community," he said.

The heart-rending part of the news conference was Robia Gary talking about what she went through inside Tops, watching retired Buffalo Police Officer Aaron Salter killed as he tried to fend off the raging gunman and then while protecting her daughter and facing the shooter herself.

“Told me I should die and I begged for my life because I had my daughter up under me. I begged," Gary said. "I'm begging a child. He's younger than my boy and I'm begging a child, like I'm sorry to say this, I thought I was an old slave begging to not die. God must have heard my prayers because that young man said, 'Oh well, I guess I won't.'”

Carter is holding a meeting Tuesday evening in the same church to help people fill out the forms seeking assistance from the survivors fund.