Coroner Releases Names of Nine People Killed at Church in South Carolina (Updated)
UPDATE: A librarian and a recent college graduate were among the nine people killed by a white gunman in a black church in South Carolina, according to ABC News.
Earlier, State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, 41, pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Church, was also identified as one of the victims.
The others have been identified as Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; and DePayne Doctor, 49, according to the Charleston County coroner’s office.
Sanders had graduated from Allen University in Columbia, S.C. Hurd had worked for Charleston County’s library system for 31 years.
UPDATE: After a manhunt Thursday morning, Dylann Roof, 21, a suspect in the killing, was arrested in Shelby, N.C., during a traffic stop.
UPDATE: Among the nine dead was state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. Other victims’ names haven’t been released.
Local authorities in Charleston, S.C., were still searching late Wednesday evening for a gunman who killed nine people and injured one other during a prayer meeting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in what appeared to be a hate crime.
The Associated Press relayed news of the shooting that evening (via ABC News):
The shooting took place at the Emanuel AME Church, Police Chief Greg Mullen said. He said there were survivors, but would not say how many, or how many were inside at the time of the shooting. He also would not confirm whether the pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, was one of the victims.
Mullen described the suspect as a white male in his early 20s. He said he believed it was a hate crime, but would not elaborate.
“The only reason that someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” said Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine, and we will bring that person to justice. … This is one hateful person.”
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