Yahoo News, of all places, has put together a very well-done summary and tribute to the people who were gunned down in Charleston, SC last night while attending a prayer meeting. Please let me highlight something for each person, but the piece by Michael Walsh deserves a click and a full and thoughtful read.
South Carolina state Senator Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor and a married father of two, was the first victim to be identified. The 41-year-old pastor was leading a prayer service at the church when alleged gunman Dylann Storm Roof, 21, opened fire. Pinckney was remembered as an accomplished leader in the community.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a reverend at the church, was also one of the shooting victims.
The 45-year-old mother of three coached the girls’ track team at Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek, S.C.
Cynthia Hurd, 54, the manager of St. Andrews Regional Library, was remembered as a woman who spent her life making sure residents of the local community had the opportunities for personal growth and an education. ...
DePayne Middleton Doctor
Former Charleston County employee DePayne Middleton Doctor, 49, was among the victims. ...
She was reportedly the mother of four girls and sang in the church's choir.
Allen University identified alumnus Tywanza Sanders, 26, as one of the victims, WACH reported. ...
In a statement from the university, Sanders was remembered as "a quiet, well known student who was committed to his education. He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues.”
Denise Quarles confirmed to "Good Morning America" that her mother, Myra Thomspon, 59, had died but declined to comment further.
Ethel Lee Lance
Ethel Lee Lance, 70, was a sexton who reportedly worked at the church for more than 30 years.
Daniel L. Simmons
Simmons was a retired pastor from another church in Charleston and attended the Emanuel AME Church's services every Sunday and Bible study every Wednesday, she said.
Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten confirmed that the other victims were longtime church member Susie Jackson, 87.
So much more at the link. Please click through.
There really is nothing at all about this that I want to be political.
I am not close to any of these victims personally. I never knew a single one of them. And yet I mourn. May they be forever remembered.
And may God grant peace and comfort to their families.