- Cynthia Hurd, 54, a library branch manager
- Susie Jackson, 87
- Ethel Lance, 70
- The Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
- The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, the church’s pastor and a state senator
- Tywanza Sanders, 26
- The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, who died at the hospital after the shooting
- The Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45
- Myra Thompson, 59
More on some of the victims:
Sen. Pinckney and Sanders were both alumni of Allen University. The university was founded soon after the American Civil War on the basis of the AME church.
Sanders was a 2014 graduate of the Division of Business Administration.
Rev. Sharonda Singleton was a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School in South Carolina.
Hurd was a 31-year employee of the Charleston County Public Library.
Thompson was a longtime member of the church and was teaching Bible study when she was killed. Her husband, Rev. Anthony Thompson, is one of the bishop's clergy members.
Witnesses say the gunman stood up and declared he was there "to shoot black people." Another survivor told Sylvia Johnson, a cousin of Pinckney, that the shooter said, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go."I'm not interested in knowing about the murderer. We spend too much talking about the perpetrators. Let's talk about the victims - the people we all lost today. Photos and some information about four of the victims of the #CharlestonMassacre.
Cynthia Hurd worked for Charleston libraries for 30 years. She was killed in the #CharlestonMassacre. #SayTheirNames pic.twitter.com/OKtW3oSRck— Colorlines.com (@Colorlines) June 18, 2015
Tywanza Sanders has been identified as a victim in #CharlestonMassacre. He recently graduated from Allen University. pic.twitter.com/ifneDy5S5e— Colorlines.com (@Colorlines) June 18, 2015
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, pictured with son, was shot dead in #CharlestonMassacre. She coached a girls track team. pic.twitter.com/SUwl3jl4qL— Colorlines.com (@Colorlines) June 18, 2015
Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton killed in #CharlestonMassacre (w/family) #CharlestonShooting http://t.co/kk7LbTkPEP pic.twitter.com/ieAToURFfY— #SayHerName (@POPSspotSports) June 18, 2015
Rev. Clementa Pinckney is confirmed as one of the 9 victims killed in the #CharlestonMassacre. He was also a Senator. pic.twitter.com/RcjdjBAK5V— Colorlines.com (@Colorlines) June 18, 2015
The pastor killed in the #CharlestonShooting #CharlestonMassacre #ClementaPinckney is a member of #AlphaPhiAlpha pic.twitter.com/HslQcWCDHJ— Marc (@marclaw69) June 18, 2015
On the church where they were killed: http://www.thenation.com/blog/210313/charlestons-mother-emanuel-church-has-stared-down-racist-violence-200-yearsKeep in mind, all of these victims were in church. #CharlestonMassacre— Colorlines.com (@Colorlines) June 18, 2015
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The devil will sit down in the middle of your prayer meeting then stand and destroy you... #CharlestonMassacre— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) June 18, 2015
When you shoot and kill anyone it's awful, but when you shoot and kill a 87 year old woman there is no redemption for you...#Charleston— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) June 18, 2015
Just let me get this straight: This coward killed 3 Revs, a state senator, & women who were 26, 54, 59, 70 & 87 years old...in church! #Evil— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) June 18, 2015
You have to #StayWoke. The devil is bold! He will walk straight through the front doors of the church... #CharlestonMassacre— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) June 18, 2015