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Walk to get groceries ends in horror for friends of Tops shooting victim Roberta Drury

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Roberta Drury

Roberta Drury was one of 10 people killed Saturday at Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue. Her friend said video circulating on social media showed her coming out of the store after grocery shopping when she was killed.

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Roberta Drury had just walked over to Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue Saturday afternoon to pick up a some groceries.

Her friend, Dezzelynn McDuffie, said Drury, 32, never came back.

Soon, she saw horrifying videos that were circulating on social media that appeared to show the gunman shooting Drury just outside the store.

"She was coming out of Tops," McDuffie said Saturday night as she waited by a line of yellow police tape stretched across her street, on the other side of Jefferson from the supermarket. "He shot her right in the head."

Another friend, Tony Marshall, a retired police officer who now drives Tops shoppers home with their groceries, tried to help, summoning a lieutenant over to try to help her get some information.

He wrapped his arms around McDuffie.

"I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," Marshall said.

She finally learned that Drury had died at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Sitting on her front porch on Riley Street on Sunday evening, the Tops store visible down the block, McDuffie thought about her friend.

“She was just a young girl, had a lot of love to give,” said McDuffie. “That was my best friend.”

She described Drury as someone she could talk to, someone who would help her clean up around the house – even though Drury had her own house nearby, in the area of Glenwood and Masten.

Drury also loved kids, though she had none of her own. She did have a boyfriend, McDuffie said.

“That girl was my backbone,” McDuffie said.

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Chief of the Breaking News/Criminal Justice Desk

I've worked at The Buffalo News since 2005. I previously worked as a reporter at the New York Daily News and the Charlotte Observer and was a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.


I'm a Genesee County native and Syracuse University grad who covered business at the (Binghamton) Press & Sun-Bulletin and at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I joined The Buffalo News in September 2021, covering the business of health care.

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