BUFFALO, N.Y. — Solely a brief distance from the place a white teenager killed 10 individuals inside a grocery store in a rampage apparently fueled by racist conspiracy theories, President Joe Biden urged the nation to face up in opposition to a rising tide of violent hate.

“Converse up as a majority in America and condemn white supremacy. We can’t permit them to destroy the state of America, the state of our nation,” Biden mentioned. “Now we have to refuse to reside in a rustic the place Black individuals going about weekly grocery procuring might be gunned down by weapons of struggle deployed in a racist trigger.”

Biden had simply completed assembly with households of the victims of Saturday’s capturing and eulogized every one who died. He grew to become emotional when recounting the story of a father who was killed whereas contained in the Tops grocery store to get a birthday cake for his 3-year-old son.

“In America, evil can’t win, I promise you. Hate won’t prevail, and white supremacy won’t have the final phrase,” Biden mentioned throughout his remarks.

The president and first woman arrived in Buffalo earlier on Tuesday morning and first went to the grocery retailer the place Payton Gendron, 18, is accused of killing 10 individuals and injuring three others.

Dr. Jill Biden stepped out of their car and positioned a bouquet of white flowers at a makeshift memorial simply throughout the road from the grocery store. Then the president and the primary woman stood and paid their respects.

Throughout his remarks, the president referred to as the capturing a “murderous rampage” and labeled it “home terrorism.” He referred to as on individuals to denounce white supremacy.

Moments earlier than Biden took the stage, a big crowd of residents within the Delavan Grider neighborhood have been shouting for the president to be extra steadfast in fixing America’s racial issues.

“Any individual on this crowd inform me what has modified since George Floyd? Any individual elevate their hand,” David Louis, a 26-year-old resident, requested the gang.

“Nothing,” he and others responded.

Gendron was reportedly closely armed with tactical gear. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia mentioned he livestreamed his actions and used an assault weapon in the course of the capturing.

Eleven of the 13 capturing victims have been Black, ranging in age from 20 to 86. One sufferer was a former police officer who tried to cease the shooter however was in the end killed by gunfire.

The killer shot 4 individuals outdoors of the grocery retailer, then went inside and shot 9 extra. Confronted by police, he took off among the tactical gear he was carrying and surrendered.

Gendron, a white supremacist, posted a manifesto that spewed racial hate. He claimed he grew to become radicalized on the web whereas he was bored in the course of the pandemic, and apparently believes within the racist Nice Substitute principle, which holds that white individuals are being intentionally changed by people who find themselves not white.

Gendron was charged with first-degree homicide and pleaded not responsible on Saturday. His subsequent court docket date is Thursday.