“Absolutely not… we’re not playing this game,” a woman at the home owned by the parents of alleged Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron told the Daily Beast before urging a reporter to vacate her property, which police said the whole had been through the day before.
“And you have to leave our son alone, too.”
While Gendron was allegedly targeting black people in Buffalo, NY, a well-known banner outside his family home in Conklin, NY — a small town outside of Binghamton — proclaimed “We Believe Black Lives Matter” and “No Human Is Illegal” and such further on and ends with “Hate Has No Home Here” and the imperative; “Be friendly.”
That advice seems to have escaped Gendron, who is said to have written a racist manifesto before driving the family car 200 miles away to specifically target black lives, which is anything but friendly.
Neighbors in Conklin who were willing to speak to reporters mostly seemed baffled by his trip. Some of them recalled seeing a group that included Gendron and his best friend, 19-year-old Matthew Casado, regularly go out for target practice.
This was hardly unusual, according to Tim, 33, a neighbor of Casado and the father of one of the young men in this group.
“Everyone here does hunting and target practice and stuff like that, so this is normal stuff,” said Tim, who asked to be identified by his first name only.
Casado, ABC News reported, said Gendron left several boxes of ammunition at his home and promised to pick them up that evening, the day before he allegedly mugged supermarket shoppers in a mostly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, a three-and-a-half-hour drive away .
Casado’s family later called authorities, who collected the ammunition Gendron had left behind.
Another neighbor of Casado, who requested anonymity, said that while her brother was close friends with Gendron, their own interactions had been limited.
“Quiet, kind of mysterious,” she said. “I say mysterious because we usually don’t really say anything when we walk past each other. We keep our heads down.”
Two other teenagers, who neighbors identified as friends of Gendron’s, declined to speak to reporters.
“I’ve had a long day,” said one of them.
Cody Diffendorf, a former classmate at Gendron’s Susquehanna Valley Central High School who played with him on basketball and baseball teams, recalled the alleged killer as a “very quiet” kid who was “strange and odd.”
“It’s so heartbreaking,” Diffendorf said. “But prison is what he deserves.”
Pilar Melendez contributed to this report.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/buffalo-suspects-family-home-has-a-black-lives-matter-sign?source=articles&via=rss Buffalo Suspect’s family home has a sign that reads “Black Lives Matter.”