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The long-lasting impact of Saturday's shootings

A cyclist pauses passes the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022.
Matt Rourke
A cyclist pauses passes the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Mental health professionals say the trauma of Saturday's shootings at the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue will have a lasting effect on many who were both directly involved or had some other connection to the event.

On Sunday, Spectrum Health oversaw a team of counselors that offered assistance throughout the day at the Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion at Jefferson Avenue and Best Street. They will be there again Monday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Near the end of the session, Bob Cannata, Senior Vice President of Crisis Response Services for Spectrum Health, provided an update.

WBFO's jay Moran talks with Bob Cannata
Bob Cannata

Local psychologist Ursuline Bankhead, who has her ties to the location and the surrounding neighborhood, also shared some general thoughts about what type of community reactions we may experience moving forward.

WBFO's Jay Moran talks with Ursuline Bankhead
Ursuline Bankhead

Next we spoke with Allison DeHommey, the CEO and Executive Director of Buffalo Go Green. She has hands-on feel for the neighborhood around the Jefferson Avenue Tops Market. Her urban farm on Glenwood Avenue is about a three-minute walk to the store.

WBFO's Jay Moran talks with Allison DeHommey
Allison DeHommey

It was no surprise that Eva Doyle would offer extensive perspective. A Buffalo historian, educator and journalist, Doyle said her day to shop at the Jefferson Avenue Tops is Saturday, but she luckily changed her plans.

WBFO's Jay Moran talks with Eva Doyle

We close with Jillian Hanesworth. In addition to her role as Director of Leadership Development at Open Buffalo, Hanesworth is a social justice spoken word artist and the 2020 inaugural Poet Laureate of Juneteenth on Jefferson Avenue. She uses her poetry to advance social justice, educate and inspire.

WBFO's jay Moran talks with Jillian Hanesworth
Jillian Hanesworth

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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.