Watch: Homegoing Service of Katherine Massey
Katherine "Kat" Massey fought for her community.
She was an ardent advocate for civil rights and education and did everything she could to lift up Buffalo's Black community, said former Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who has been friends with Massey for more than 20 years.
"We lost a voice yesterday. We lost a powerful, powerful voice,"
Kat Massey wrote for both the Buffalo Challenger and Buffalo Criterion and was a frequent letter writer to The News.
A year ago, she penned a letter in support of more federal regulation of firearms, in which she talked about both urban street violence and mass shootings.
"There needs to be extensive federal action/legislation to address all aspects of the issue," she wrote. "Current pursued remedies mainly inspired by mass killings – namely, universal background checks and banning assault weapons – essentially exclude the sources of our city’s gun problems. Illegal handguns, via out of state gun trafficking, are the primary culprits."
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