Take Time To Recognize The 9 People Who Died In The South Carolina Church Massacre
As black folks, many of us are still grieving the loss of 9 lives at the hands of a racist, terrorist, murderer inside the holy confines of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
While much ado has been made about the shooter and his background, we choose to recognize those who died at his hands.
Flip the page to get some info on those who are truly victims of a sad and senseless crime.
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Rev. Clementa Pinckney was a United States Senator, the leader of Emanuel A.M.E. Church, and proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Fraternity Inc. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, and their daughters Eliana and Malana.
Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was a mother to her son, Chris. She was also a speech therapist and a women’s track-and-field coach at Goose Creek High School.
Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor was a dedicated mother to four daughters and a lover of Jesus Christ. She preached and sang in the choirs at at both baptist and A.M.E. churches in the Charleston area. In 2005 as Charleston County director of the Community Development Block Grant Program. In 2014 she began working for Southern Wesleyan University as an admissions coordinator.
Cynthia Hurd’s brother, Malcolm Graham describes her as a “nerd” due to her love of reading. He also, described her as “the glue” because of how she took care of the entire family (5 brothers and sisters total) when their mother died. Mrs. Hurd was also a librarian with 31 years of work in the Charleston, South Carolina Public Library. She is survived by her husband Steve.
Susie Jackson was 87 years old and was considered the matriarch of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church. Many marveled at how active she was for an older woman, they even affectionately referred to her as a “Golden Girl” by her sister Martha Drayton. Susie Jackson was a giver. The type of woman who was concerned about others well-being. So much so that after her son moved out of her home, she gave his room to a homeless couple who needed a place to rest their heads.
Ethel Lance was a dedicated mother of 5 children, 4 of whom she is survived by, son Gary Washington, and 3 daughters Sharon W. Risher, Nadine L. Collier and Esther Lance. Ethel worked diligently for 34 years as a custodian at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium where she enjoyed taking in shows with her family.
Tywanza Sanders died trying to save his aunt, Susie Jackson, who was also killed. Tywanza bravely stepped in front a bullet that was meant for her according to a survivor inside the church. Wanza, as his friends called him, was an Allen University graduate with an entrepreneurial spirit and plans to open his own barbershop.
Myra Thompson was the wife of Rev. Rev. Anthony Thompson of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church. Myra came from a large family of 11 siblings and was a proud soror of Delta Sigma Theta.