Canisius College to honor Buffalo shooting victim, alumnus, posthumously

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — One of the victims of the May 14 white supremacist mass shooting at Tops Markets will posthumously receive her Bachelor of Arts degree this weekend.

Aaron Salter Jr., the Tops security guard and retired police officer who died after shooting the shooter while defending the store, will receive a posthumous Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from his former school, Canisius College, during his graduation ceremony. University. of Arts and Sciences this weekend.

Salter attended Canisius from the fall semester of 1984 to the fall semester of 1988, returning in 2007 for an additional four courses. He was only three credits short, one course, to graduate. According to the school, he did not complete his degree at that time due to work and family demands.

Salter’s son, Aaron Salter, III, will accept the title in place of his father.

Salter’s family will also receive their ALANA (African American, Latin American, Asian American or Native American) stole and lanyard from the Delta Gamma chapter of the Tri-Alpha First Generation Student Honor Society.

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