Remembering the 9 slain victims of the Charleston church massacre

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In the wake of Wednesday's hate crime shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, SC, we reflect on the victims who lost their lives at the hands of 21-year old Dylann Roof.

The victims had gathered at the church on Wednesday night for a prayer group when Roof opened fire. He killed 9 people.

These are the victims' stories.

Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Pastor Clementa Pickney - gunned down while praying and teaching God's Word due to a hate crime. Today I salute you sir....

Posted by Joseph H. Dutton on Thursday, June 18, 2015



Pinckney was the pastor of the the Emanuel AME Church. He was known as a civil rights leader and a role model in his community. He was married with two children.

The pastor was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives when he was only 23 years old and became a state senator at the age of 27, making him the youngest African-American in South Carolina to be elected to the State Legislature.

His desk was draped in black cloth to honor his memory on Thursday.

Tywanza Sanders


26-year-old Sanders graduated from Allen University's Division of Business Administration in 2014 and had since been working at a barber shop.

He was well-known and well-liked by his college community, friends, and family. According to University faculty and students, Sanders was a dedicated student as well as a warm, compassionate person.

He reportedly died while trying to save a family member during the shooting.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton


Coleman-Singleton was a Goose Creek High School girls' track and field coach as well as a reverend at her local church.

She had a son who plays baseball as a rising sophomore at Charleston Southern University. According to Goose Creek Gators baseball coach Chris Pond, Sharonda was an avid baseball fan and loving mother. She was one of the most positive people in the community.

We love you, Coach Singleton. Gator Nation is where it is today because of your leadership. You have our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by The Goose Creek Gators on Thursday, June 18, 2015


Chris posted a Tweet after the shooting on Wednesday night asking for prayers for his mother.



Myra Thompson

Thompson was the wife of Rev. Anthony Thompson, Vicar of Holy Trinity REC Church in Charleston.

Archbishop Foley Beach, Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, posted a message to his Facebook page in Thompson's honor:

Please join me in praying for the Rev. Anthony Thompson, Vicar of Holy Trinity REC (ACNA) Church in Charleston, his...

Posted by Archbishop Foley Beach on Thursday, June 18, 2015


Cynthia Hurd

Cynthia Hurd worked for Charleston libraries for 30 years. She was killed in the #CharlestonMassacre. #SayTheirNames www.instagram.com/ColorlinesNews

Posted by Colorlines on Thursday, June 18, 2015


Hurd worked at the Charleston County Public Library for 31 years. She was working as the St. Andrews regional branch manager since 2011.

Upon Hurd's death, a touching message was posted to the library's Facebook page about the loyal co-worker and friend:

Charleston County Public Library is devastated by the senseless shootings Wednesday night at Mother Emanuel AME Church...

Posted by Charleston County Public Library on Thursday, June 18, 2015


The St. Andrews Regional Library will be named the Cynthia Hurd Regional Library in her honor.

The library closed its 16 locations Thursday as employees took time to honor and remember Hurd.

Daniel L. Simmons

Simmons, 74, was a ministerial staff member at the church. She attended bible study every Wednesday.

Her son, Daniel Simmons Jr., said:

"I'm doing very well with the grace and peace that god has planted."


Rev. Depayne Middleton

SHE HAS A NAME; Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, a mother of four daughters, singer in church choir was killed at AME.

Posted by Michael Skolnik on Thursday, June 18, 2015


Middleton, 49, was a minister who shared the pulpit with Pinckney. She also sang in the choir.

She had four daughters.

Ethel Lee Lance

Lance was identified by her grandson as one of the victims in the shooting. She was a loving grandmother who worked at the church for 30 years.

Her grandson reportedly referred to her as "the heart of the family." He said:

"She's a Christian, hardworking; I could call my granny for anything. I don't have anyone else like that."


Susie Jackson

SHE HAS A NAME: Susie Jackson, a longtime church member was killed at AME Church last night.

Posted by Michael Skolnik on Thursday, June 18, 2015


Jackson, 87, was a longtime church member.

Click through this slideshow to see pictures of the aftermath of the Charleston shooting:

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Charleston SC shooting suspect. Dylann Roof
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Remembering the 9 slain victims of the Charleston church massacre
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
Photos found on a website that allegedly belongs to church shooting suspect Dylann Roof.
This image has been provided by the Charleston Police Department, Thursday, June 18, 2015. A man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, S.C., Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, killing nine people, including the pastor in an assault that authorities are calling a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday. (Photo via Charleston Police Department)
The Emanuel AME Church is viewed behind a police vehicle on June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, after a mass shooting at the Church on the evening of June 17, 2015. US police on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old white gunman suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston, an attack being probed as a hate crime. The shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the southeastern US city was one of the worst attacks on a place of worship in the country in recent years, and comes at a time of lingering racial tensions. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer holds up a tape in front of the Emanuel AME Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, after a mass shooting at the church on the evening of June 17, 2015. US police on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old white gunman suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston, an attack being probed as a hate crime. The shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the southeastern US city was one of the worst attacks on a place of worship in the country in recent years, and comes at a time of lingering racial tensions. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A view ofthe Emanuel AME Church is seen June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina, after a mass shooting at the church on the evening of June 17, 2015. US police on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old white gunman suspected of killing nine people at a prayer meeting in one of the nation's oldest black churches in Charleston, an attack being probed as a hate crime. The shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the southeastern US city was one of the worst attacks on a place of worship in the country in recent years, and comes at a time of lingering racial tensions. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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