The identities of the nine victims of Wednesday night’s shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have been released.
Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor and Susie Jackson were shot and killed by a gunman around 9 p.m. Wednesday during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Charleston county coroner, Rae Wooton, confirmed the victims’ names at a 3 p.m. press conference. All suffered gunshots, she said.
“We will be continuing our investigation through many means, including autopsy,” Wooton added. “While the autopsies are not expected to provide us any real, new information, it’s important to the process.”
Clementa Pinckney, 41
Pinckney was the church’s pastor and a state senator representing the 45th District. A married father of two, Pinckney was elected to the state House at age 23, making him the youngest House member at the time.
Allendale County Democratic Party Chair Wilda Robinson told local station WISTV that Pinckney’s sister was among the dead but did not name her.
Tywanza Sanders, 26
“He was a quiet, well-known student who was committed to his education,” Cole said. “He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues. Mr. Sanders was participating in the Bible Study session at Mother Emanuel church at the time of the shooting.”
Cynthia Hurd, 54
Hurd was a branch manager at the Charleston County Public Library. Kurtis Rogers, communications director of the South Carolina State Library, spoke with to The Huffington Post Thursday morning.
“We have staff members who have worked with her before on various projects. She had 31 years of service at the library in Charleston,” he said. “All CCPL branches have closed today.” The library also posted a statement that called Hurd “a tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth.”
The branch where Hurd worked will be renamed after her, Wooton announced at Thursday’s press conference.
Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45
Coleman-Singleton was a high school track coach. Charleston Southern University, where Coleman-Singleton’s son is a rising sophomore, confirmed the death in astatement on the university website. She was also a pastor in the church, according to the Emanuel AME Church website.
Myra Thompson, 59
The Church of the Holy Trinity, via its Facebook page, identified Thompson as the wife of Reverend Anthony Thomspon, Vicar of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston.
“Please pray for all undergoing pain and suffering in this unspeakable crime,” said Carl Lund, rector at the church.
Ethel Lee Lance, 70
A relative of Lance who had worked at the church for 30 years identified her as a victim in an interview with The Post And Courier.
“I’m lost, I’m lost,” Lance’s grandson, Jon Quil Lance, told the media outlet. He described her as “the heart of the family.”
Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74
Simmons was a ministerial staff member, according to the church website. He was transported to a hospital after the shooting and later died, the coroner said
Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
Middleton-Doctor was an enrollment counselor at the Charleston campus of Southern Wesleyan University, AP reported, and a mother of four, according to The New York Times.
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Susie Jackson, 87
Jackson was Lance’s cousin and a longtime church member, according to The Post and Courier.
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