Buffalo shooter's guilty plea 'not going to repair the damage': Shooting victim's son

ABC News’ Linsey Davis spoke with Garnell Whitfield Jr. about the death of his mother Ruth Whitfield in the Buffalo Tops supermarket shooting following the shooter’s guilty plea Monday.
4:38 | 11/29/22

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 LINSEY? >> STEPHANIE RAMOS, OUR THANKS TO YOU. JOINING US NOW IS DARNELL WHITFIELD JUNIOR, AS WE JUST HEARD IN STEPHANIE'S REPORT HIS MOTHER RUTH WHITFIELD WAS AMONG THOSE MURDERED AT THE TOPS SUPERMARKET. DARNELL, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING WITH US. IT'S BEEN JUST OVER SIX MONTHS SINCE THE ATTACK, I WOULD LIKE TO START BY ASKING HOW YOU ARE DOING? >> I'VE BEEN BETTER. IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT DAY. >> OF COURSE. YOU ARE IN COURT TODAY. DESCRIBE THAT EXPERIENCE FOR US. >> IT WAS SURREAL BEING IN THE COURTROOM WITH THE PERSON MURDERED MY MOM. AS WELL AS THE OTHER NINE VICTIMS. IT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT I LOOK FORWARD TO, AND I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO FEEL. IT WAS MUCH TOUGHER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. >> PEYTON GENDRON WAS DESCRIBED AS HAVING A SLIGHT SMIRK ON HIS FACE AS HE WALKED INTO THE COURT. HE'LL BE SENTENCED IN FEBRUARY AND FACES LIFE IN PRISON. WHAT DOES JUSTICE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? IS THERE SUCH A THING IN THIS CASE? >> THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT QUESTION. FOR ME, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS JUSTICE. WHATEVER HAPPENS TO THIS PERSON IS NOT GOING TO BRING MY MOTHER BACK. IT'S NOT GOING TO PREPARE THE DAMAGE THAT HE HAS DONE TO OUR FAMILY. IT'S NOT GOING TO PREPARE OUR COMMUNITY. WHATEVER HAPPENS TO HIM IS INCONSEQUENTIAL AT THIS POINT FOR ME. MY CONCERN IS TO LOOK AT HOW WE MITIGATE THE GAINS THAT LED TO THIS SHOOTING. HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE TRAUMA THAT WAS INFLICTED ON OUR COMMUNITY? WE HAVE LEFT WITH IT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS COUNTRY. THOSE ARE THE THINGS I'M CONCERNED ABOUT, AND IF I WAS GOING TO, I WOULD DESCRIBE WHAT JUSTICE LOOKS LIKE TO ME AS DEALING WITH ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WERE SEGREGATED AND UNDER RESOURCES -- AGAINST OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR PEOPLE. SINCE THIS COUNTRY WAS BIRTHED. >> I IMAGINE THAT THIS WAS YOUR FIRST TIME EVER SEEING THE SHOOTER SINCE MAY? >> I THINK WE'VE SEEN IT ONCE. I HAVEN'T MADE HIM MY FOCUS, I FEEL NO REAL NEED TO SEE HIM. AGAIN, HE'S JUST UPON IN THIS. I'M MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SYSTEMS AND ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT ALLOWED HIM TO EXIST IT RADICALIZED HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND SUPPORTED HIM IN THOSE EFFORTS. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT I'M TRYING TO FOCUS ON. >> THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY DETAILED HOW GENDER SPECIFICALLY TARGETED THE TOPS STORE WITH THE AIM OF KILLING BLACK PEOPLE, AND HOW HE HIT IT AT THE BUSIEST TIME. WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AS YOU LISTEN TO THOSE PARTICULAR DETAILS? >> AGAIN, IT'S BECAUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY BEING SEPARATED, IT BEING A FOOD DESERT. ALL OF THOSE THINGS THIS GUY KNEW. HE UNDERSTOOD THAT, HE DID HIS HOMEWORK. HE UNDERSTOOD THAT IT WAS A SEGREGATED COMMUNITY, IT WAS A POOR COMMUNITY. WE'VE SEEN THE IMPACT THAT HAS HAD. A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PEOPLE, A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THERE AT ALL TIMES BECAUSE THEY HAD NO OPTIONS. IF HE KNEW THAT, HOW COULD WE NOT KNOW THAT? NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN TERMS OF THAT. WE ARE STILL VULNERABLE, THAT POPULATION IS STILL SEGREGATED. THOSE CONDITIONS STILL EXIST TODAY. AND SO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS TO COMMUNICATE THOSE ISSUES. >> IN ADDITION TO THE SEGREGATION, AND NOW THE SUMMER YOU TESTIFIED BEFORE CONGRESS CALLING FOR ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE LAWMAKERS DO? >> DO THEIR JOBS. THEIR JOBS ARE TO SUPPORT US, TO PROTECT US, AND TO SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER. YOU NOT TAKE MONEY FROM GUN LOBBIES AND ALL THE OTHER ENTITIES THAT THEY GET MONEY FROM AND HOLD THEIR INTERESTS ABOVE THE PEOPLES INTERESTS. I WANT THEM TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SAFE, WE HAVE EQUITABLE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT WE ARE TREATED AS HUMAN BEINGS, AND THAT WE HAVE VALUE. I WANT THEM TO CALL IN WHITE SUPREMACY, I WANT THEM TO TREAT IT LIKE THE CANCER THAT IT IS. THAT'S WHAT I WANT THEM TO DO. >> WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FO

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