About Gaston Reedy Buford:
Gaston attended the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a minister in
Atlanta, Georgia when he was killed while trying to save the lives of several people. He was awarded
the Carnegie Medal for Bravery posthumously.
GASTON REEDY BUFORD - Atlanta, Georgia
Reedy Buford, 42, clergyman, died attempting to save an indeterminate person or persons from being shot,
Atlanta, Georgia, February 17, 1917. A man armed himself with two revolvers and surreptitiously entered
a house in which were his wife and two other women. He shot two of the women, one fatally. Buford was
walking on a street nearby with his wife. They heard several shots and also screaming and a woman's
voice calling, "Help! Murder!" Buford told his wife that he would give help, but he was unarmed, and
his wife pleaded with him not to go. He disregarded her warning that he might be killed and ran to the
house and entered it. The assassin shot and killed Buford and came out to the street and shot at two
other men. Another man then shot and killed him. 17681-1474
Washington Post (District of Columbia)
KILLED AS HE SHOT UP HOME
Freed Asylum Inmate Slays Pastor and Wounds Women.
Ga, Feb. 17.--Efforts of Claude Anderson, recently liberated from the State Insane Asylum, to exterminate
several of his wife's relatives here tonight resulted in the instant death of the Rev. Gaston R. BUFORD,
pastor of the Moore Memorial Presbyterian Church; the slaying of Anderson, the serious wounding of
Mrs. M. ZAHN and wounding of Mrs. W.J. ZAHN. Mrs. W.J. ZAHN was reported as not dangerously hurt.
ANDERSON is Mrs. M. ZAHN's daughter. She had been separated from ANDERSON and had been living recently
with her mother.
Information given the police by Mrs. ANDERSON is that ANDERSON apparently had
hidden in the ZAHN home and when Mrs. M. ZAHN entered the room where he was concealed he began firing.
She fell dangerously wounded. She was followed by Mrs. W.J. ZAHN, who also was shot.
was passing the house with members of his family and hastened inside when he heard the shots and women
screaming. As he entered the door he was shot and killed instantly.
W.J. ZAHN and his partner
in the automobile business were nearby and heard the shooting. They rushed in and ZAHN stated that
he grabbed one of the pistols ANDERSON was using and fired. ANDERSON lived only a short time. ZAHN
was taken to police headquarters, where it was stated he would be held only for examination.
BUFORD was 42 years old. He came here from Louisville five years ago. When the restricted district
here was closed he became known for his activities in aiding women.
About Evelyn Caffey:
Name: Evelyn Caffey Buford
Death date: 08 Dec 1956
Death place: Clanton, Chilton, Alabama
Age at death: 84y
Estimated birth year: 1872
Father name: Hugh William Caffey
name: Alabama Gordon