BUFFALO, N.Y. — Deacon Heyward "Tenny" Patterson was a man of the community. He was known for his service in the Church and for helping others.
He was one of the 10 people killed on May 14 at the Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue. The alleged gunman was arrested on the scene and charged with first degree murder for what officials are calling a racially-motivated hate crime
Leonard Lane spoke with reporter Emma Henderson of our sister station WKYC about Patterson. Lane said Patterson would often drive other people to the grocery store who couldn't walk there.
"A lot of them don't have cars, no buses. He's just taking them home back and forth. He had a family, has a beautiful son, and they snatched him from them," Lane said. "He loved his children, any man can see. And he loved God, that's all that he wanted to do, help people."