The Victims of the Charleston, SC, Church Massacre

One of the victims, a recent college graduate, reportedly jumped in front of a relative to shield her from the bullets. 

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton; Cynthia Hurd; Tywanza Sanders
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton; Cynthia Hurd; Tywanza Sanders Facebook; Charleston County Public Library; Facebook

One woman coached the girls track team at a local high school.

Another young man had just graduated from college last year and was thinking about pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.

Another man was the consummate community leader, having met both President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—politicos who knew that you needed to see state Sen. the Rev. Clementa Pinckney when you were paying your respects or corralling support in South Carolina. 

Another woman’s death prompted 16 library branches to close Thursday to honor her, demonstrating her significance to Charleston, S.C.’s county public libraries as one of its regional managers.

These are the nine people who lost their lives when a gunman opened fire inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday evening in Charleston, S.C., as confirmed by Rae Wooten, the Charleston County coroner:

Depayne Middleton Doctor

Depayne Middletown Doctor was a 49-year-old retiree. She was a mother of four daughters and retired as the director of the Community Development Block Grant Program in Charleston County. 

Cynthia Hurd

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