The victims of Wednesday night’s Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina have been identified and their names released after Dylann Storm Roof opened fire inside the holy building on Wednesday night.
Eight people were killed inside the church while one other victim died in a hospital following the shooting. Of the nine people killed, Charleston police said, three were men and six were women.
Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Pinckney, 41, had served as the church’s pastor since 2010, the 31st leader of the long-standing congregation. He leaves behind a wife, Jennifer, and two children, Eliana and Malana. Pinckney and Jennifer were married in October 1999 after first meeting while they were college students in 1993.
In addition to his work with the church, Pinckney has been an active part of the South Carolina since he was elected to the state legislature in 1996. He has served in the State Senate since 2000.
Rev. Sharonda Singleton
Singleton was working with the congregation as part of the church’s weekly Bible study when Roof opened fire at approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.
Singleton leaves behind a family, including a son, Chris, who currently plays baseball at Charleston Southern University. He tweeted last night:
Thompson was also taking part in the church’s Bible study program and, according to ABC News, her death was confirmed by her daughter, Denise Quarles.
Sanders was a 2014 graduate of Allen University with a focus on business administration. Rev. Pinckney also graduated Allen University in 1995.
The University released a statement following the release of Sanders’ name in connection with the shooting:
He was a quiet, well known student who was committed to his education. 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. Our hears and prayers are with the families of these two victims of this senseless act of violence.
Ethel Lee Lance
Lance was a sexton at the church and had worked within the congregation for more than 30 years. Her daughter, Rev. Sharon Rischer, confirmed her death on Thursday morning. Her grandson, Jon Quil Lance spoke with The Post and Courier:
Granny was the heart of the family. She’s a Christian, hardworking; I could call my granny for anything. I don’t have anyone else like that.
Hurd was an employee of the Charleston County Public Library and, according to its Facebook page, had worked there over 30 years. She most recently served as the St. Andrews Regional Manager.
The Charleston County library system announced t hat it would close all 16 locations on Thursday.
Daniel L. Simmons
Simmons was a retired pastor from another church in Charleston and attended Emanuel AME every Sunday. His daughter-in-law Arcelia Simmons, of Newport News, Virginia, confirmed his death to ABC News on Thursday.