1. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
A mother of three, reverend, and high school track coach, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was killed while attending a prayer group at Emanuel AME Church.
Coleman-Singleton coached the girls track team at Goose Creek High School. The school remembered her Thursday with a post on its Facebook page.
2. In addition to her work with the high school, Coleman-Singleton was a reverend at Emanuel AME church, according to their website. Her son, Chris Singleton, posted on Twitter last night following the shooting.
Something extremely terrible has happened to my mom tonight, please pray for her and my family. Pray asap
— csingleton__2 (@Chris Singleton)
Please say a prayer for my good friend! He lost his mom in the shooting last night. Please pray #CharlestonShooting
— JayRaymond13 (@Jantzen Raymond)
5. Reverend Clementa Pinckney
The call to preach came early for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was one of the nine victims fatally shot Wednesday night when a gunman opened fire inside the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was also a state senator in South Carolina. Read more about Pinckney here.
7. Cynthia Hurd
Hurd worked at the public library for 31 years and was serving as the manager at St. Andrews Regional library since 2011.
“Cynthia was a tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth,” the CCPL said in a statement.
“Her loss is incomprehensible,” the CCPL said.
Friends and co-workers described her as a “wonderful” and “lovely” person in comments on CCPL’s Facebook page.
Lee Ann Carter, who once volunteered at the library, wrote that Hurd, “quickly became a friend and I am devastated to hear of her death.”
9. Her brother, Malcolm Graham, described her as “a woman of faith.”
Statement from Malcolm Graham regarding the death of his sister Cynthia Hurd: #CharlestonShooting
— wsoctv (@WSOCTV)
Graham, a former state senator, told The Charlotte Observer, that his sister would have turned 55 on Sunday.
He said it was “typical” of her to be at the church on Sunday. He also fondly described her as a “nerd” who got a masters in library science from the University of South Carolina.
Hurd lived with her husband Steve in the east side of Charleston, the Charlotte Observer reported.
Graham, who last saw his sister in May when she attended his daughter’s graduation, said she always acted like his mother. “She was the one who brought us closer,” Graham told the Charlotte Observer. “It’s so senseless. She didn’t deserve it.”
The only public post seen on Hurd’s page is a message to her brother in 2012, telling him which photo of his she liked the best. “Bro, the first one is my favorite and yes this is a little late but there was no deadline on this question (smile). Give all my love and call me soon!” she wrote.
11. Tywanza Sanders
Tywanza Sanders was a recent graduate of Allen University in Columbia and had most recently been working at a barber shop.
“He was a quiet, well known student who was committed to his education,” Dr. Flavia Eldemire, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Allen University, said in a statement.
“He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues.”
Sanders graduated from the university’s Division of Business Administration in 2014.
Tessa Spencer, a reporter and anchor for local ABCNews4 told BuzzFeed News that Sanders had worked at a barber shop with her brother and that she last saw him two days ago.
“I saw him two days ago and said ‘see you later’ and he said ‘bye Miss Tessa,’” Spencer said.
According to Spencer, Sanders died while trying to save a family member. “They said he jumped in front of his aunt or grandmother,” Spencer said. That family member was also killed in the shooting, she said.
She described him as being very outgoing but quiet at the same time and said that he had an interest in broadcasting.
13. Myra Thompson
Myra Thompson was the wife of reverend Anthony Thomspon, who is a Vicar at Holy Trinity REC. The church confirmed the death in a tweet Thursday.
Pray for the Rev. Anthony Thompson, Vicar, Holy Trinity REC (ACNA) with the killing of his wife, Myra, in the #CharlestonShooting #Anglican
— The_ACNA (@ACNA)
15. Ethel Lee Lance
A sexton at the church who had worked there for more than 30 years was killed in the attack, her family confirmed to media outlets.
“I’m lost, I’m lost”, her grandson, Jon Quil Lance, told The Post and Courier as he waited outside the trauma center of Medical University Hospital where the victims were being treated. He said his granny was “the heart of the family.
“She’s a Christian, hardworking; I could call my granny for anything. I don’t have anyone else like that,” he told The Post and Courier.
16. Daniel L. Simmons
She said that Simmons attended bible study every Wednesday.
BuzzFeed News spoke to Simmons’ son, Daniel Simmons Jr., who said, “I’m doing very well with the grace and peace that god has planted.”
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