Man Arrested For Shooting Dead Nine People In Charleston Church (Video)


The victims

The suspected gunman in the killing of nine people at a historic African-American church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopalian Church, in South Carolina has been arrested. 

The gunman sat in a bible study meeting for up to an hour before firing in what police were quick to describe as a “hate crime”.

Officials earlier named 21-year-old Dylann Roof as the man they were looking for after the shooting in Charleston.

Dylann Roof’s uncle has said that he was given a hand gun for his 21st birthday.



These are the victims. 


The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41: A state senator and the senior pastor of Emanuel, he was married to Jennifer Benjamin and the father of two children, Eliana and Malana. He was a 1995 graduate of Allen University and got his master’s degree at the University of South Carolina in 1999. He served in the state Legislature starting in 2000; The Post and Courier says black fabric was draped over Pinckney’s Senate chamber seat on Thursday.

Cynthia Hurd, 54: According to the Charleston County Public Library, she was a 31-year employee who managed the John L. Dart Library for 21 years before heading the St. Andrews Regional Library. A statement said Hurd “dedicated her life to serving and improving the lives of others.” The system closed its 16 branches Thursday to honor Hurd and the others who died in the shooting. County officials also say the St. Andrews library will be named for Hurd.

The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45: A pastor at Emanuel, she was also a speech therapist and high school girls track and field coach, both positions at Goose Creek High School, according to her LinkedIn page. Jimmy Huskey, the school’s principal, called her “a true professional … [who] cared about her students and was an advocate for them.” Her son, Chris Singleton, is a baseball player and student at Charleston Southern University. Coleman-Singleton also had two younger children, writes the Post and Courier.

Tywanza Sanders, 26: He was a 2014 graduate in business administration from Allen University in Columbia. Lady June Cole, the interim president of Allen University, described him as “a quiet, well-known student who was committed to his education.” Known as Ty, he had worked in sales at department stores such as Belk and Macy’s.

Ethel Lance, 70: She had attended Emanuel for most of her life and worked there as a custodian, as well. From 1968 to 2002, she worked as a custodian at Charleston’s Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. The Post and Courier quotes a former colleague as saying, “She was funny and a pleasure to be around. And she was a wonderful mother and grandmother.”

Susie Jackson, 87: Lance’s cousin, she was a longtime church member.

Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49: The mother of four sang in Emanuel’s choir. She had previously directed a community development program in Charleston County. In December, she started a new job as an admissions coordinator at the Charleston campus of her alma mater, Southern Wesleyan University. SWU President Todd Voss said: “Always a warm and enthusiastic leader, DePayne truly believed in the mission of SWU to help students achieve their potential by connecting faith with learning. Our prayers go out to family and friends. This is a great loss for our students and the Charleston region.”

The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74: Simmons survived the initial attack but then died in a hospital operating room. He had previously been a pastor at another church in the Charleston area.

Myra Thompson, 59: She was the wife of the Rev. Anthony Thompson, the vicar of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church in Charleston.

I can’t find the words to express how I feel about this act of terrorism at the moment.

Rest In Peace Myra Thompson, The Rev. Daniel Simmons, Depayne Middleton, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd and The Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

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    If US Senator Clementa Pinckney was plotted out and murdered why was this not called an assassination?
    Who is Dylann Roof’s Dad and why isn’t he in the media….considering he either provided the weapon or financed the purchase for it?
    If he has been planning this for 6 months and others were aware why haven’t they been taken in to custody for not informing authorities?
    How did this guy know the State Senator’s schedule?
    If he used his ATM card and they were made aware that night, why wasn’t a national alert put out for him ?
    If all the other flags were flying at half-staff Thursday in South Carolina after the cold-blooded killing of a senator and 8 other black people why was the confederate flag the exception?
    Why did authorities provide a cold-hearted domestic terrorist with a bulletproof vest?
    Could the fact that the Sen. Pinckney wanted to raise minimum wage in SC and push laws to require SC officers to wear body cams which would ask for millions of dollars have something to do with his death?
    Why did this guy drive to Charlotte and then back through Shelby? And where exactly was he headed too?
    Why haven’t we heard from the remaining victims? Where is the media coverage of their stories?
    If he was a high school drop-out and our school systems doesn’t spend a great deal on African History….who was he working for?
    Why was the apprehension of a mass murderer so easy going. ….afterall he did just murder 9 people?
    Who was calling the shots? The Senator was campaigning with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential Run in 2016 could that have any relation to his death?

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June 2015
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