United States: the author of the racist massacre of Buffalo sentenced to life in prison

His racist act had deeply shocked the United States. Payton Gendron, a 19-year-old white supremacist who killed ten black people in a supermarket in Buffalo (United States) in May 2022, was sentenced to an incompressible life sentence on Wednesday February 15.

The American had pleaded guilty in November to racist murders and acts of terrorism, before the justice of the State of New York. On Wednesday, he appeared for the first time before the relatives of his victims. They let their distress burst out, a man trying to throw himself on the author of the killing, causing a short interruption of the hearing. Relatives of the victims have also made strong calls not to give in to hatred. “We all know the motives for your racist crime, but we are here to tell you that you have failed”launched Simone Crawley, whose grandmother, Ruth Whitfield, died while shopping.

“There is no place for you or your stupid, hateful and evil ideology in a civilized society”added Judge Susan Eagan. “There can be no pity for you, no understanding, no second chances”she added before pronouncing the sentence, incompressible: “You will never see the light of day again as a free man.”

“I acted out of racist hatred”

In a short intervention, Payton Gendron assured to be “sorry for the pain” that he caused. “I believed in things read online and acted out of racist hatred (…) I don’t want to be an inspiration to anyone”he added.

On May 14, after months of preparation, the white supremacist walked into a Buffalo supermarket in full combat gear, armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a camera streaming his actions live on the Internet. He had moved methodically through the parking lot and then into the store, shooting at customers and employees.

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