“Shark Tank” star Daymond John has vowed to support the family of the supermarket security guard who died in Saturday’s racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, offering to help with funeral expenses, according to a new report. .
Aaron Salter Jr.’s son received a call from John after learning his father was a “Shark Tank” fan, TMZ reported Thursday.
“He offered me a little bit of help, and I just said, hey, I just want to take care of my mom, and he said he’d be fine with doing that, someone would get in touch,” Aaron. Salter III told TMZ.
“We talked and I think I was telling him what happened, and he got a little emotional,” he continued. “I could hear it in her voice.”
Salter III said John told him he could reach out any time his family needed something.
Salter Jr., 55, a Buffalo police officer for three decades, was one of 10 people killed in the mass shooting at a Tops supermarket on Saturday. His son described Salter Jr. as a “hero” during an interview with the Daily Beast over the weekend.
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“I’m pretty sure he saved some lives today,” Salter III told the website.
Salter Jr. was an inventor who wrote on his LinkedIn page that he dreamed of having “cars that run out of water.”
Police arrested Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY in connection with the shooting. He is accused of murder. Three people were also injured in Saturday’s attack. Eleven of the 13 victims were black.
Brooklyn-born John, 53, is the founder and president of the FUBU clothing brand. He has been a regular star of the long-running investment show “Shark Tank” since its first season in 2009.
John was previously involved in making headlines in 2020 when he was accused of selling N95 masks to the state of Florida for $7 each early in the COVID-19 pandemic, which he denied.
“I did not set any price,” John said in a statement at the time.
“My company was serving as an intermediary to investigate the many 3M distributors and protect Florida taxpayers, while also establishing escrow protections that allowed the State to perform proper due diligence before finalizing the purchase of masks.”