It's awful that it's already been 4 years since July 17, 2015. This is the day that a white supremacist, a terrorist, named Dylann Roof, went to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina and murdered 9 people.
Dylann Roof was actually welcomed into the sanctuary after entering from a side door to be a part of the 9am Bible study that was just starting when he asked for Senator Pinckney. And it was shortly into this when he began to argue with the speaker about scripture. The service continued on to prayer, and that was when this fucking coward drew his gun and murdered 9 people there. They were called the Charleston Nine.
Their names are as follows:
-Clementa C. Pinckney (41) – the church's pastor and a South Carolina state senator.
-Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd (54) – Bible study member and manager for the Charleston County Public Library system; sister of politician and former state senator Malcolm Graham.
-Susie Jackson (87) – a Bible study and church choir member. She was the oldest victim of the shooting.
-Ethel Lee Lance (70) – the church's sexton.
-Depayne Middleton-Doctor (49) – a pastor who was also employed as a school administrator and admissions coordinator at Southern Wesleyan University.
-Tywanza Sanders (26) – a Bible study member; grandnephew of victim Susie Jackson. He was the youngest victim of the shooting.
-Daniel L. Simmons (74) – a pastor who also served at Greater Zion AME Church in Awendaw.
-Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (45) – a pastor; also a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School; mother of MLB prospect Chris Singleton.
-Myra Thompson (59) – a Bible study teacher.
May we forever remember them and spurn the violence and hatred and racism that lead to their murder.