One of the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston was an aspiring rapper who wrote a song called “What’s Wrong With Being Black?”. He has been named locally as Tywanza Sanders. Three other victims of the attack have been named as Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Cynthia Hurd.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Sanders Was Studying His Bible When He Was Gunned Down
He graduated from Allen University in 2014 with a degree in business administration, reports The State. A statement from the school said that Sanders was “a quiet, well known student who was committed to his education. He presented a warm and helpful spirit as eh interacted with his colleagues. Mr. Sanders was participating in the Bible Study session at Mother Emanuel church at the time of the shooting.”
2. He Was Passionate About Increased Police Brutality in America
According to his Facebook page, Sanders was a native of Charleston but had been living in Columbia, South Carolina. There are posts on his page that deal with the surge of police brutality against black people in American over the last 12 months.
3. Sanders Wrote a Song Called ‘Whats Wrong With Just Being Black?’
Sanders was an aspiring rapper who went by the name Fresh Wanza on Soundcloud. His song titles included “Whats Wrong With Just Being Black” and “Making It.” On his LinkedIn page, Sanders says he most recently worked at Belk department store having previously worked at Macy’s. A friend of his told Heavy.com that Sanders had been working as a barber at the time of his death.
4. Mourners Are Paying Tribute to Sanders on Twitter
He’s being mourned on Twitter.
5. President Obama Said Americans Need to Realize That Violence Like This Doesn’t Happen in Other Countries
The suspect in the shooting Dylan Storm Roof has been taken into custody by police in North Carolina. His arrest came 12 hours after the attack. Before the shooting, Roof allegedly told the congregation in Columbia that he had to kill black people.
Speaking about the incident, President Obama said “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other countries.”