Six men and three women were gunned down during at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on Wednesday night and now six of the victims have been identified.
The church’s pastor and former Senator, Rev. Clementa Pinckney was the first to be identified on Thursday morning.
According to reports, the other victims are:
Cynthia Hurd: A regional branch manager from the Charleston County Public Library system. They closed all 16 locations for the day in her honor.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton: A speech therapist and coach of the girlsâ€™ track and field team at Goose Creek High School. Coleman-Singleton is the mother of Charleston Southern freshman baseball and basketball player Chris Singleton, and she was also a pastor at the church.
Her son posted the awful news on social media on Wednesday night.
Tywanza Sanders: A recent graduate of Allen University. The school’s president, Lady June Cole confirmed the news.
â€œHe was a quiet, well-known student who was committed to his education. He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues. Mr. Sanders was participating in the Bible Study session at Mother Emanuel church at the time of the shooting,â€ she said.
â€œWeâ€™re in mourning and we are praying for the families of the victims,â€ Cole said. â€œWe hope that everyone will just respect their loss as well.â€
Ethel Lance: The grandmother was identified by a family member who said she worked at the church for 30 years.
Susie Jackson: Lanceâ€™s cousin who was also named by a relative and was a longtime church member.
There are still three victims who have yet to be identified.
Gov. Nikki Haley held a news conference and spoke through tears about her state’s tragic loss.
â€œWe woke up today, and the heart and soul of South Carolina was broken,â€ she said.
â€œWe have some grieving to do. … Parents have to explain to their children how they can go to their church and feel safe