Nine people were murdered last night at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Today they have been identified by the county coroner.
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.
Check out the Washington Post Remembering The Charleston church shooting victims and BuzzFeed’s These Are The Victims of the Charleston Church Shooting.
Rest in Peace to 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. My prayers and condolences go out to the victims and their families, friends and the people of Charleston, South Carolina.
Dylann Roof, the gunman who murdered nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina has been captured in Shelby, North Carolina. He was arrested during a traffic stop after 11:00 am this morning.
The man suspected of killing nine people Wednesday night at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday morning about 245 miles (395 kilometers) away in Shelby, North Carolina, law enforcement authorities said. Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was taken into custody without incident about 11:15 a.m. during a traffic stop, Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen said Thursday morning. He said local police were acting on a BOLO (be-on-the-lookout) notice that included a vehicle description, the license tag and the suspect’s name. Roof was armed with a gun when he was arrested, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. It’s not clear if it’s the same firearm used in the shooting. A senior law enforcement source told CNN the suspect’s father had recently bought him a .45-caliber gun for his 21st birthday in April.
So happy to hear that they caught this terrorist. Yes I said terrorist.
He massacred nine defenseless people in a church just like Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut back in 2012. Call me delusional but after that massacre I thought for sure something would be done about guns laws in this country especially when it comes to stronger background checks. After all 20 of the 26 murdered were babies. Of course gun lovers and especially politicians on Capitol Hill fought tooth and nail against that. As President Obama stated this morning in his speech:
“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” he continued. “Now is the time for mourning and for healing, but let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”
Amen President Obama.
Nine people were murdered in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last night. In what police are describing as a hate crime the victims were attending a prayer meeting when the gunman who was also at the prayer meeting started shooting.
Among the nine victims was the pastor of the church, Reverend Clementa Pinckney who was also a South Carolina state Senator.
According to new sources there were thirteen people inside the church when the shooting happened including the shooter.
The FBI has named Dylann Roof, 21, of Columbia, South Carolina as the suspected killer of nine people at a black church in Charleston. Roof was previously arrested on April 26 for a tresspassing arrest and was awaiting moderation.
The history of of Emanuel AME Church dates back to the late 1700’s.
The congregation first formed in 1791, a coalition of free blacks and slaves. At first they were members of Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal Church. But in 1816, they left their white counterparts in a dispute over burial grounds.
At the time, the church was 1,400 members strong. They rallied behind the leadership of a pastor named Morris Brown and organized under the banner of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The early years of the congregation were fraught with trials as Brown and other ministers of the church were jailed for violating laws that prohibited slaves and free blacks from gathering without white supervision.
In 1822, the church was burned to the ground, after plans for a slave revolt were exposed.
Denmark Vesey, a carpenter who brought himself out of slavery, was the architect. Since he was one of the founders of the congregation, authorities suspected the church was the meeting place for planning the rebellion.
The church was torched in retaliation. Authorities arrested 313 alleged participants, and executed 35, including Vesey.
The congregation rebuilt the church and met there until 1834 — when all-black churches were outlawed by the state legislature.
Undeterred, they continued to meet in secret until the end of the Civil War in 1865, when they formally reorganized.
They adopted the name ‘Emanuel,’ meaning “God with us.”
At the time, the church was a wooden two-story structure, and it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1886.
Once again, it rebuilt.
During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, it was a destination stop for many of the leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, the church — with its historic Gothic Revival-style structure and signature steeple — is a fixture in Charleston. With seats for 2,500, it has the largest capacity of any African-American church in Charleston.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
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