Jewish Family Services of Western New York would like to express our shock at the events that occurred this afternoon at the Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue in the City of Buffalo.

Our hearts and condolences are with the families of the victims of this horrific, racially motivated, and violent attack.

This level of violence reminds us, once again, that we are one community. As a community, we must remember that it is not only the physical violence that occurred. For the witnesses, survivors, and the victims’ families, there is no doubt of the fear and trauma experienced and that it will take time and support to work through those feelings.

We are confident that the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, State of New York, and federal agencies will do everything possible to support all those involved. And we are grateful that the county has already assigned mental health personnel to the scene this evening.

For additional crisis support, individuals may contact crisis services at 716.834.3131,, or text HOME to 741741.

We stand in solidarity with all those impacted and remain at the ready for any needed support.