Claire Melendez, a homeless woman in Buffalo, who became some sort of a legend after being featured on the cover of WWCD, a studio album by GxFR, reportedly died on Tuesday.
According to unconfirmed reports, Claire was killed after a car crashed into the Buffalo Metro Rail station on East Utica Street. Although WKBW did not mention any names, the local news station of Buffalo reported that a car jumped the curb and then hit and pinned a pedestrian to the wall of the metro building. The person was reportedly Claire, according to local residents discussing the incident on Facebook.
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Who was Claire Melendez?
Not much information is available on who Claire Melendez was. She became something of a “Buffalo Legend” after her face was featured on the cover of WWCD, the major label debut from Buffalo rapper Westside Gunn’s hip-hop group Griselda. The album was released by Gunn, his brother Conway the Machine, and their cousin Benny the Butcher on Shady Records in 2019. It eventually went on to be named one of the year’s best albums and featured some A-listers in the music industry such as Eminem and 50 Cent.
“My fav Buffalo Kid. You’ll be Loved Forever,” Gunn wrote on Twitter with hashtags #IMMORTAL and #RIPCLAIRE. Claire was featured in the lyrics of multiple songs, including Gunn’s solo track ‘Connie’s Son.’ “Claire need a dollar gave her two, now she want five,” a line from the song said.
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“Everybody in the whole city knows (Claire),” Gunn told Sway in the Morning in 2019. “She’s like the Buffalo mascot, man.”
Claire has been identified on Facebook as a 1993 graduate of Buffalo’s Burgard High School. Since her death went viral on social media, many people who had encountered her in the past paid tribute to her by posting photos and videos of their interaction with her. Here are some of them: